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March 22, 2012
Up-and-coming artist, architect and creator of surreal fonts talks to SV about her current projects and future plans
- Text by Kemal Tarba
A 22-year-old creative Nadia Kuzilenkova was born and lives in Khimki region of Moscow. She is an honorable graduate of art school and Moscow's college of architecture and construction arts. Recently she received her bachelor degree from Russia’s leading architecture institute MArchI. Currently, Nadia is making her plans for further education and making her first steps in DJing. Due to her interest in street hip hop Nadya delved into graffiti at the age of 18 and it was a start of her independent artistic path. She talked to SV about her surreal fonts, diploma project and spots of paint on her floor…
Satellite Voices: How would you describe your work?
Nadya Kuzilenkova: It's hard to describe unanimously my work because I do completely different things, and always try something new. But, basically, that's my attitude towards the world; when I'm happy and I love the whole world, I fill my work with words, carrying positive energy, and when I'm bored, I draw exploding houses, traps and other horrors. It is easy to track how I feel, just looking at my recent creations.
SV: Describe your ideal working place?
Nadya Kuzilenkova: An ideal place for my work is a big studio, somewhere near the ocean. A place where I can work with huge canvas, a place where I can surf and longboard to relax. But as long as I live in Khimki region of Moscow, my room does not allow me to create paintings more than two meters wide and my mum gets mad, when she sees the entire floor in paint. But my neighbour is a cool artist, we occasionally help each other with our projects and advise each other interesting things, we talk about art and stuff. This is an atmosphere any can only dream of.
SV: How has everything started?
Nadya Kuzilenkova: For many years I studied to draw, but almost never painted anything for myself. At the age of 18 I was fascinated by graffiti, I feel close links to hip hop culture, so I enjoyed drawing and it was a way of self expression. At first I tried to draw fonts, I did a little sketch, basically just went out and painted. Then I tried to do the same on my computer, and I was able to combine my two passions - architecture and graffiti, creating the bulk axonometric font. I liked the way it looks and I started to draw them everywhere, on clothing, paper, canvas, cars, walls etc. Then I tried to come up with complex forms which evolved into long-term complex work.
SV: What was your hardest project and why?
Nadya Kuzilenkova: Well, my hardest project is, perhaps, my diploma work. It consisted of two parts - the district development and high-rise building. I've mastered 3D Max to beautifully express my ideas, conducted research on modern energy-saving technologies and created conditions in which I’d dream to live myself. There was a large park with a river, a lot of bicycle and pedestrian paths, underground parking. The house had a large courtyard, the first two floors occupied by townhouses for disabled, upper floors had walking areas and living apartments.
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