AP: Tell us few words about yourself.
KK: I was born in Kazan, Tatarstan republic, in a remarkable and close-knit family. Since childhood I was attracted by beautiful things, and without too much effort I imprinted them on the paper. Over the years my paintings have been changed, by becoming more and more professional. At school years, I went to art school and then continued my studies in a local art studio. When the question about the future path of creative and professional development arose, the choice fell on the professional Art school named by Feshina. I have been studying there for 4 unforgettable years, and the experience I got there gave me significant and professional basis for my further path.
Then I entered university on the interior design specialty. Also I used to work at the same time. Now I have five years of professional experience and do not regret that I chose such an interesting profession.
AP: When and how did you get acquainted with creativity?
KK: I got acquainted with creativity in kindergarten. Painting and sculpture were my favorite activities there. The first presents to my family and friends I was creating with my hands, which led all others in admiration and affection. Perhaps the ideological inspiration for me at the time was my mother. In childhood I watched the way she sewed, decorated clothes and always wanted to be like her. I grew up and now those words she says to me 🙂
AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?
KK: I have several degrees in art education that help me grow and learn many new and very interesting things. But as we know, the universities give us only the basics, introducing us the basics of the profession and then the person chooses his own direction and develops independently.
AP: What genre are your works?
KK: Talented person is talented in everything. Painting, drawing, sculpture and applied art are the subjects that every person learns when attends any art institution; let it be even simple art school or studio. And I am no exception. Having worked in all directions, I found myself at the most interesting genre for me – paper sculpture. Paper sculpture is an art of paper modeling of compositions and the creation of three-dimensional sculptures. It allows you to look at the world through the eyes of the creator. Also, I am fond of another art direction like a collage. No less interesting activity than paper sculpture.
AP: How would you describe the process of making your works?
KK: When the paper is no longer just paper? When a white sheet becomes part of the story: the shape, size and plastic acquires its story. The paper begins to live! It becomes a work of art! As for me, the paper has become an expression of my feelings, thoughts and ideas. By replacing pencils, brushes, paints, it becomes my sculptural material, my “clay.” Paper is always a noble and rewarding material. Paper does not tolerate vanity, it likes rhythm, patience and perseverance. It is headstrong, sometimes whimsical, it is incredibly plastic, it always gets conceived image, it is not afraid to be different. Paper is a terrific teacher, raising a neatness that develops thinking, aesthetic taste, constructive abilities. Night is the time when we are alone with it. The contrast of white paper and black shadows creates new ideas, thoughts and emotions. Night brings unexpected angles, reveals new facets. The process is endless… In the work we are the one whole. Sometimes I think that it creates stories and I am only a singer of its ideas, the art paper master. It knows how to think and guides you in the right direction. Paper – home of our duet, and I gladly give it a first place!
AP: What techniques do you use to create your paper sculptures?
KK: Paper plastic does not require any special individual tools; everything is trite and simple: all the tools can be found on every desktop, even at child’s or student’s one. Stationery cutter and PVA glue – it’s all you need for this type of work. Occasionally accompanying materials can be a ruler, compass and punch. Most important here is your imagination, but it has everyone. All you need is just a few minutes to return to childhood and plunge into a dream world of carefree mentality.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?
KK: To know everything is impossible. But perfection is not the chapel. There is a saying: “As long as you live you learn”. There is always something to see, something to learn. The only thing is that there are not so many analogues in my sphere. I would like to communicate with peers, share experiences and maybe even set up joint projects.
AP: What is your success formula?
KK: The formula for success is a belief in yourself and in what you do! Just being confident you can achieve certain goals which you set for yourself or that were prepared for you by your destiny. The main thing in my profession does not sit still! Three years ago I had no idea that I would have an opportunity to expose to the audience my own works.
AP: Is it interesting to you to participate in the art projects? Have you ever taken part in any of them?
KK: In 2008, thanks to the support of the project of young artists “We Can!” I had a solo exhibition titled “Rhythm. Color. Form. Female view”. In 2011, I was proposed to coincide the exhibition entitled “I Know A Woman” to the project “Night At The Museum.” The next project, which is still in the process is called “Africa”. I think it will be realized in coming 2011-2012 years.
AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?
KK: There is no doubt that my relatives, friends and colleagues are an integral part of my creativity. They are my ideological inspirers. They are devoted a series of works that bears their own names, faces and images very often. Of course, their support and faith is very important to me.
Paper Sculptures by Ksenya Kirillova