Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kseniya Simonova - Sand Animation (Україна має талант) UKRAINE



Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who recently won Ukraine's Got Talent. She creates spontaneous sand drawings in front of audiences, and her work is all the more remarkable for being transitory. It is very reminiscent of the great Tibetan sand mandalas. She offers us here a stunning meditation on war and peace (which ends with an image of a compassionate Madonna) and an astounding artistry that far transcends the framework of a pop culture TV show. She is simply 'too good' for this kind of venue, yet without it she would not now be so widely known.

Here, she recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman’s face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes – with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene “you are always near”.

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Check out the art of Tibetan Sand Mandalas here



1 comments:

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