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name: Olia
surname: Pishchanska
year of birth: 1982
country: USA


Dreamcatcher Print by pishchanska

Dreamcatcher Print
by pishchanska


Q1: When did you start making art?
It would be quite fair to say that I started making some sort of art when I was a young girl, it came naturally and gradually. For the record, I started to take first film pictures at the age 13. But I began to acknowledge myself as an artist much later – in my late 20s.

Q2: What inspires you?
I get inspiration mostly from my dreams, but what gives it an impulse is music and books. I’m lucky to have very talented musicians as my friends, we create together, and I believe we inspire each other.
Certainly, nature is a constant source of inspiration for me as well.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I use vintage lenses to create a rustic of antique look, as well as different textured layers while retouching works in Photoshop.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I tend to create images, that would bring out deep feelings, not only be visually appealing. There are many things in life that we consider to be mysterious or confusing, and we ask ourselves: What are our dreams made of?Why do we feel lonely? Where do we go after we die? I ask myself those questions too, and I find the images that would be my answer to unexplainable, I show them to the viewers and I see those images evoking similar emotions and thoughts in different people.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
That’s an interesting question, I never really thought about it as I’m not trying to connect one image with the other. I guess in general it would be dark obscure tones. They help me bring in sentimental feelings into an image.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I’m in a constant search for the better art “language” for expressing ideas behind the pictures. As I grow older, I explore and use new techniques and media, and that’s actually a neverending process of improvement.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I do have several projects, which will be illustrations for literary works, I nurture them carefully in my mind, thinking over techiques and waiting for a proper time to start.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of pishchanska.
Mysterious, charismatic, inner

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques to feelings.
I’m not sure which one to call my very first one exactly , but this picture called “Winterbirds” HERE was probably the one that started my journey as an artist – I remember sending it to the photographic community and getting a positive feedback, which definitely was quite an encouragement.
As you can see, technically that’s pretty different from my most recent works. Nevertheless, it has pretty similar feeling to it, same “old” look and sentimental mood. It was double exposed with a texture overlay.

Q10: What changed from your first work till now?
Obviously my technical skills, now I also stage my pictures precisely rather than just capture a random moment.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Definitely, to me art would be an escape from visible reality to the parallel world, but I believe those worlds are so tightly connected like yin and yang, being the reason and result to each other, that eventually art becomes the essence of reality, and therefore of the life itself.

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