The Heroine’s Journey of Daria Shkeleva

What is the best thing that I love about my workIt took me a long time to find the balance between work and doing the things I Iike, now I am happy that I have an opportunity to combine all my interests and realize myself in projects that I am curating or participating in.

What is my idea of perfect happinessHappiness is when you feel comfortable with yourself and the situation you are in.

What is my greatest fearSpiders and hopefully I wont see that day when our civilization will finally kill our planet

What is the trait that I most deplore in myselfProcrastination

Which living persons in my profession do i most admireGerhard Richter

What is my greatest extravaganceI like to participate in other artists projects sometimes . Once I was playing a psycho for my friends photoshoot, in another project I was a part of a sculpture. That brings me new views and also fun of course.

On what occasion would I lieI prefer not to lie, in case when its hard to say truth I usually prefer to keep silence and say nothing.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my workCleaning my studio after the project is finished))

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? It is always huge fun and tons of energy when I start a new project. And also it’s a great feeling when you finish the project you worked hard on when you see all the puzzles converge in a single picture, which you wanted to present. I can feel happy when my work brings emotions to other people. And even more, when I meet new people who are on the same wavelength with me

Where would I most like to liveSomewhere in a city with nice climate & food, I can’t say that I have a favorite country or city, the world is too big to make only one choice, but of course I love my native Saint Petersburg very much and I always feel happy when I am back.
What is my most treasured possessionMy cat Joseph^))
If I could, what would I change about myselfI think the changes are always coming at the right time. Therefore, if it’s time to change something in yourself, then everything contributes to this. If I have a desire to change something in my life, I almost always change it.
What is my greatest achievement in workAll achievements are important in their own way
What is my most marked characteristic?  I cannot choose one because I see myself in complex usuallyAsked a couple of my friends to point out some of my most marked characteristics, between first ones they named: cheerful and intelligent.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  When I want to cheer up a bit i I like to take a drive on a dam that connects Saint Petersburg city with Kronstadt Island. The road goes right on the Gulf of Finland so the view is stunning and from the both sides you see only sky and water till horizon.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my cityIm glad that nowadays in our city new stylish bars, gastropubs and restaurants with nice food, good attitude to clients and interesting concept are opening almost every week. I rarely eat at home so for me its very important that good food is now a trend in Saint Petersburg cafes & rests. I have several favorite places in my hometown, so like if I want ramen Id go to Subzero, jewish street food at Bekitzer, for wine & tapas its great to go to Atelier, good cocktails are at Kabinet, desserts at Polniy Ballet, local Russian wines & food at Kurorty, and Coop Garage is always great to meet friends at.
What books influenced my life and howHomo Faber by Max Frish, Siddhartha by Hesse and The Great Soviet Encyclopedia of course:)

Who are my favorite writersHeinrich Hesse, Jean Paul Sartre, John Fowles, Vladimir Nabokov

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last dayI guess Ill put on my playlist with favorites that includes mostly rock and alternative music from 60s to 90s and maybe some soundtracks of my favorite movies

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I never thought of heroes that Id like to copy or follow in some ways. My favorite comics hero is Rocket Raccoon because he is smart, ironic, looks cool and got a good sense of humor

Who are my heroes and heroines in real lifeI think that every person you meet in your life can bring you a lesson if you are ready to learn

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Its really hard to pick only one movie. Between my favorites that I d like to recommend are Solaris by Tarkovsky, Night on Earth by Jim Jarmusch, De Illusionist by Jos Stelling, Oldboy by Park Chan-wook, Melancholia by Lars von Trier

What role plays art in my life and work? I d like to answer with a quote by Thomas MertonArt enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I wish I knew)

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I started a collaboration with some great artists and musicians for my The Great Black project last year, so this year Id b very glad to continue our work and perform the results of it at a new stageAlso we got an interesting project with my friend artist from Holland we started at art residence in Cuba last year, would be glad to continue working on it.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Gerhard Richter, Gottfried Helnwein, Jeff Koons and Thomas Sanchez

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Im working on multimedia part of my The Great Black project and hope to present it at a new space in Europe this year

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Have several exhibition plans for this year, and of course its always possible to see my works on exhibitions in Moscow and Saint Petersburg

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to meIt means if you got that feeling inside you, you are still alive

How can you contact me?

My site , email:

site of the project Im now working on

And Facebook: and


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We’re sometimes not too sure how we get into good friendships. It seems to happen rather mysteriously: we talk of somewhat randomly ‘clicking’ with people. Trying to plan for it sounds like cheating. But in a busy world, the desire to socialise authentically, with interesting, like-minded people, deserves to be addressed directly.

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  • The right to offer 50 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity.  The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
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