I WROTE TO ALICE ON INSTAGRAM: I HAVE IMMEDIATELY PERCEED HER SWEETNESS AND A SPECIAL OPEN MINDED. SHE APOLOGIZES FOR HER BAD ENGLISH, BUT DESPITE THIS, FROM HER WORDS LEAKS THE PASSION FOR ART THAT SHE OWNS SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST READING THE INTERVIEW!
Where are you from?
I was born in a little Russian village, Yakshina, but now I’m living in the city of Niznniy Tagil.
What job did you want to do as a child?
In my childhood I wanted to become a lot of things. I wanted to be a researcher, a biologist, I dreamed discovering something new, I wanted to be an archaeologist, I adore ancient Egypt, but perhaps most of all I wanted to be an astronaut. The art was always with me: I always painted, made sculptures, collected interesting objects. Become an artist has always been inside of me.
When did you decide to dedicate yourself to art?
When I finished school I tried to enroll in a cosmological institute, but I did not succeed so I decided to enroll in the institute of fine arts. I don’t want to say that in this moment I decided to connect my life with art, but during the admission into the institute, I became more convinced about that.
Where do you usually get inspiration from?
I love a lot of different things, anything can inspire me. Since childhood, I love biology, anatomy, astronomy, human artifacts, especially artifacts of ancient Egypt and much more. My inspiration is a collection of things that interest me. My childhood spent in the village gave me an open mind, it is interesting to me to learn something new. All the information around me has an impact, I saturate myself with many things, which give me energy for new works. But the works themselves are endowed with the greatest energy, sometimes to make something new I sit for a very long time and sort out my old works, touch them and get inspired by them, in them I see myself from the outside, I see my thoughts, these are unique feelings.
What makes you happy?
For me happiness is a very difficult word. I have a very critical view of the world and human standards. I think that I rarely happen to be happy. I am truly happy when I’m obsessed with the idea, when I am engaged in some works, when I am in a state of euphoria from the fact that my new job will come to light and fill a little bit the emptiness of my heart. I have always been a sad girl, I have had few friends and my work is partly a cure for me. Yes, now I am not alone and I live quite well, but loneliness and sadness imprinted on me so strongly that it is not so easy to get rid of this. I can say that my works makes me happy.
Do you work alone or with someone?
I work alone. I have experience of participating in an art group, but this approach is not for me. I do not know how to intertwine my thoughts with other people, it seems to me that the truth can be lost in this way. But I am not against collaborations.
Are your works for sale? What was your first customer?
Yes, my works are sale, but I am not ready to part with all my works. Everything always happens in a free form, people write to me to buy something and if I am ready to sell, then we do it. I started selling works not long ago, but honestly I can’t remember the first buyer. I would like to sell my work more often, because I would be happy to give a part of myself to different people, but unfortunately some people are not ready to pay true worth, and I’m not ready to sell work at a cheap price.
What do you want to tell us about the next project?
Honestly, I don’t think about projects. I just make many different objects sometimes linking it in a series, but it’s hard to call them projects, although sometimes I use this word. I implement my ideas very quickly, as I cannot keep them in my head for a long time. At the moment I have one big plan, not project. Perhaps many of us already know the Japanese entrepreneur and art collector Yusaku Maezawa: he is assembling the first tourist crew into a space. Yusaku is going to take with him 6-8 cultural figures so that they can feel what the astronauts feel. This project is called Dear Moon. I have a great desire to become part of that, because my dream of space will intersect with the desire to be an artist. It would be perfect, but I confess honestly, I do not really believe that I will succeed. Unfortunately Yusaku doesn’t know me and I just can’t contact him, all I can do is hope!
If you could know a person, living or dead, who would it be?
100% Kurt Cobain. My big dream is to see him and talk to him. I feel with him strong feelings in the first place as an artist. I think many people know that in addition to the activities within the group, he was a real artist, but he never exhibited his works anywhere. I understand his nature very much, I see many parallels between our worldview. I was born on the day of his death, (April 10, 1994), but it does not mean anything, it’s just my personal symbolism.
What do you do after the interview?
I rarely plan something, my life is improvisation, so I don’t know what I’m going to do. Maybe I’ll do something new or maybe I’ll just spend a warm evening with my husband and our two cats. Who knows where my mood will lead me.
Photos courtesy of the artist