Name: Leni Smoragdova
Birthday: 10 Nov
College: The Central Saint Martins, London
Favorite Color: pink
Favorite Book: “The Joke”, Milan Kundera
Favorite Movie: “500 days of Summer “
Favorite Food: It’d be tasty meal
Favorite Quote: “I always tell the truth, even when I lie.”
Why are you an artist, and when did you first become one?
– When I was 5 y.o. I told to my teacher that, I’m going to be the great artist. – It not necessary to be the great, be just an artist, – She said – Everybody could be “just”, I’m going to be the Great! I began to make Art before I began to talk.
Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
Once upon a time, one man said, When an artist “need to help to start his work, it’s just amateur. Prof can work every day.Johann Christian Bach, Mozart made their music everyday day. In another case they could lost money and people who bought their music. Every morning I got up and continue to work.
What’s the best advice anyone gave you? – Never have friendship with alcoholics and prostitutes.
Do you suffer for your art? – Should I? hahaha
How would you define yourself as an artist? – For me, art is like breath. It never stop.
What inspires you to work? – I used to be like a “museholic”, before I met a Transaction’s Muse.
In London, I met a man, who became Muse of the Transaction. In that time I began my art research about hidden faces inside modern society. I called this project Transaction. I look through different edges of the society: social, politic and etc Art transaction (Wiki, Financial transaction, an agreement, communication, or movement carried out between a buyer and a seller to exchange an asset for payment), The philosophy of art transaction arose as a reaction to the cult of the “Golden calf” of the generations of the 80’s – 00’s, thereby, in the opinion of transaction, put people in the condition of loss of spiritual realities and propaganda “hidden faces”.
A Transactionperson-a set of a certain functional. Transactionphilosophy – a means of showing the transaction rules imposed by society and as a result – appearance of the Hidden Faces in it.
General characteristics: The philosophy of art transaction arose as a reaction to the cult of the “Golden calf” of the generations of the 80’s – 00’s, thereby, in the opinion of transaction, put people in the condition of loss of spiritual realities and propaganda “hidden faces”. This trend was largely influenced by the works of Ericksonian hypnosis / Milton Erickson \ Milton G. Erikson, 1901 – 1980, and global contradictions of the society of the 21st century: striving for harmony and the loss of moral values, where, according to followers of the transaction, there was a main break. The main purpose of the transaction is finding a balance between the spiritual and the material world. Transaction goes beyond just images or ideas; it increasingly begins to acquire a certain social and psychological context. Transaction acts as a litmus paper that demonstrates critical reality.
You seem to use a lot of symbols in your work. Do your works tell stories or are they simply decorative elements of the project? – “What is your personality or individuality?” – it’s a very popular question for people. I think such question could be suitable for every art works. Symbols are like a small secrets for telling the stories inside art: “ Catch us, If you can!” hahaha.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how? – David Bowie, Madonna, Vivien Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Gaudi. I think they could be the best teachers for me. They have unlimited freedom inside themselves. They gave me the wins for freedom and showed that there are no edges or boundary for creator.
What other interests do you have outside of art? – I like meet new people, sport, traveling, good restaurants, animal, politic, fashion, cities, books. I like to live my best life hahaha
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today? – It’s could be strange answer hahha but it’s Internet )
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? – I’ll be death
What are your next projects? – I’m going to make a film Transaction’s Dolls – 2017, Art -show Transaction and art-exhibitions. I’d like to make a game Transaction, but it’s need time. Maybe you could help me?) I’m writing a book about Transaction. I’m going to finished it in this year.