Interview with Katerina Belkina, a German mixed media art creator and Hasselblad award winner
Katerina Belkina is a German mixed media artist whose Dutch golden age-like style, amazing palette and emotional set of topics are absolutely recognizable. Having had a lot of international exhibitions and received prominent awards she thinks that there are still a lot of goals ahead of her. .ART talked to Katerina about the life in Samara and Berlin, gender and sexuality, the philosophical meaning of fairy tales and about why art and happiness never go together.
Tell us about your recent project.
Why did you decide to choose fairy tales as the main topic?
What is the concept of the project as a result?
The second part of your project is called «Magic Things». What is it all about?
In an unedited version all these tales are pretty creepy. Is this side somehow reflected in your artworks?
Do you see a space for miracles and magic in the everyday life?
Why do you need a website while having popular accounts on social media platforms?
Who made the most impact on you as an artist? You have some works dedicated to Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh. Who else?
I cannot help but ask about the concept of feminine and femininity in your work as one of the main topics. You once said that modern culture is not interested in the woman as a mother anymore …
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
What was missing in Russian society and what did you find hard to endure?
And what is the difference between being an artist in Russia and in Germany?
Katerina Belkina By Beatrice Grundheber