The Heroine’s Journey of Kristina Kovalchuk

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

As an artist and designer, I am really passioned about the concepts, metaphors and allegories that I can visualize and share with people. When I bring together techniques unique to realism, abstraction and surrealism, and they are resonating with viewers’ own emotions and values we are getting closer with audience.

What is my idea of happiness?

When you do what you do paying no attention to taboo imposed by other people or entire epoch, however, in reasonable limits. For instance, dancing everywhere and doing it like you feel.

What is my greatest fear?

I am afraid of bees and scared about finding myself as real imposter without syndrome

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Sometimes I bring a lot of complexity to the images with paying homage to postmodernists.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

It is Russian illustrator Anton Gudim. He’s mainly attracted to things that are deprived of attention and seem ordinary. He wishes to perceive those ordinary things in new ways from different angles. When he finds humor situations that bother him, it makes it easier for everybody to put up with them/ This is evoked in my heart.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I would say antiques such as phonographs, typewriters, carpets and everything connected with 20th.

On what occasion would I lie?

I am not able to lie in very important things. But if you ask me how much cup of coffee I drink, I could say less than in fact it is.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

You have to work with a computer all day long and CLICK-CLICK-CLICK.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

As soon as I move to my new level.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would change nothing. I am right on my way now.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My most valuable achievement is the direction of activity to express feelings of whole society, and not just one person in painting as well as design.

Where would I most like to live?

I would like to live in Germany among Alps. I have always been drawn to things that, any way you slice it, cannot be conquered. For example, nature, mountains. Being among the mountains, once again they would remind me that there is something more than people – the unity of people and nature.

What is my most treasured possession?

Material things do not matter, but sentiments and memories they caused are invaluable.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Сhildlike naivety that many lose with age.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Wherever I’m going next that I haven’t been to before.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Camora pizza surves delicious Italian pizza with garganzola cheese and a pear. In my new city – Tbilisi – I would recommend every winery.

What books influenced my life and how?

I got acquainted with the works of the author Daniel Kahneman and immersed in the subject of illusions lined up by brain. His books brought a lot of awareness into my life. Then Nassim Taleb’s works taught me to stay calm in an unstable situation.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

It would be Turkish alternative psychedelic rock.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

My heroes are children from fantasy adventure book such as series written by Garth Nix “The Keys to the Kingdom” A little boy discovers there exists a world called the ‘House’, which is split into seven parts, each ruled by a ‘Trustee’ named after the day of the week. He needs to fix situation in that fantastic house, cause its troubles influence on real world.

Until he resists the magic world, he needs to stay human and not to be consumed by fantasy. The second hero from The Phantom Tollbooth written by Norton Juster, He finds a love of learning in a story full of puns and wordplay, such as exploring the literal meanings of idioms.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

I cannot name them all, because it is cluster of directors who speaks ironically, poetically and evilly in their films.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Ingmar Bergman “Fanny and Alexander.”

What role play stories in my life and work?

Storytelling intrigues us and brings us together to share understandings, experiences and entertain one another. We become more engaged and informed in artist’s work, hearing about artwork’s background, its history or something else. The story that has developed around the work can enhance its appeal.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

It’s about some ordinary things that happen in your everyday life which you convert to treasure with strong charisma and a good word.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

I am in relationship with him almost 3 years.

Which people or companies would I like to work with?

If we say about art field it is not about companies but about art fairs or contemporary art festivals. Thus, I want to collaborate with Art Basel, Blazar art fair and Cut and Stick collage art fair.

What project am I looking forward to work on?

I want to multiply AI art with mine, and convey it/ Also I dream about illustrating whole book.

Where can you see me or my work?

My digital work

My painting at the Bis Art Gallery

My Instagram contains artworks @charlie_quasi_art

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

When a project or idea falls into my hands it happens very quickly and completely unconsciously. I cannot control this flow. And after a couple of weeks I notice this thing is a part of my live. Such enthusiasm arises from the desire to solve more and more complex problems and investing attention in them.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Alexey Korneev (curator in art galleries)

Daria Verevkina (art group Artskvajina)

Nikita Vinter (musician)

Anna Minaeva (artist)

Alena Alexeeva (curator and blogger)

Nadejda Lisovskaya (art director)

Sebastian Pinstrup (journalist)

Anton Gudim (illustrator)

How can you contact me?

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