Your material, Alice Sal’nikova

Alice was born in Russia, in the city of Zlatoust in South Ural. She is a real power lady.

 

 

At the age of 13, Alice entered the art school. In the morning, she studied at a regular school. After her classes finished, she went all the way to another district, where the art school was located.

 

“In 2007, I graduated from two schools. As a child I was already dreaming of becoming a great artist. In my opinion there are not enough female artists, and I find this unfair. In the mean time I have been working at a car wash, in a theather as a decorator, as a florist, and as a saleslady.”

 

At the moment Alice is working in a weapons factory on a laser machine. Still, creativity is her biggest passion, even though it does not make money.

 

“I stay postitive and it does not upset me. I use all my free time to glue collages, draw sketches or paint watercolors. I am an artist, although I do not make a living of it. The journey towards my favorite materials started in my childhood. I liked to make magazine clippings with my favorite actors and musicians.”

 

At first, the clippings fitted in a copybook, afterwards they were placed at the wall. There were not only photos of her idols at the wall, but also different postcards, dried flowers and beads.

 

“My mother inspired me to make a series of collages, “Kokoshnik”. She sings Russian folk songs and has been a member of the folk ensemble of Zlatoust (a town in South Ural) for many years. Traditions, love for my native town, national clothes – all of this I try to show in my arts. I think that Kokoshnik is a very interesting and beautiful object for research.”

 

Alice became influenced by the works of her favorite artist: Mikhail Vrubel – his symbolism, fabulousness and mysticism.

 

“The base for my collages is cardboard. At first I apply the primer, then I’m glueing clippings, which are intuitively selected by color and meaning. Each collage carries a certain emotion. What kind of emotion this is? Everyone can interpret that in their own way. Marcin Nagraba and his surreal photo portraits had a strong influence on my work. I found his page accidentally on Instagram. Breaking down stereotypes and dispelling myths on this topic, he created wonderfull series of works where he showed his surreal fantasies about what Slavic culture might have looked like during paganism.

 

I also wanted to create something strong, yet I prefer to use my favorite materials. This series of pictures, together with another one, sadly are locked up in the museum. My personal exibition lasted only one day before the isolation began. I hope that I can take it back home soon.”

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