Ukrainian artist creates unbelievable recreations of famous paintings using nothing but plasticine
Svitlana Postelga is an artist with a refreshingly unusual talent. Most of us are familiar with plasticine as a children’s toy (and an awesome one at that!) but Postelga uses the versatile substance as a medium, from which she creates her own versions of iconic paintings.
Postelga makes her living as an economist at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, we caught up with her for an interview about how she developed this plasticine process in her spare time.
How and why did you come to choose plasticine moulding as your preferred art form?
My work is monotonous and hard. Once, about 9 years ago, while I was playing with my kids (I have 2 daughters) I found that plasticine really helped me to forget about my problems. I touched it, started to create something and, during this process, felt myself becoming calm. So then I started to make more and more figures from plasticine and place them in to a single picture. The result was unexpectedly successful, so I continued to create pictures on childish theme for my daughters. After couple of years I became divorced and fell into a heavy depression…my older daughter Kate recommended that I turn my negative emotions into producing recreations. We have a huge book with paintings by famous artists, so we looked through it and my first work was ‘The last day of Pompei’ by Karl Brullov.
How much time do you spend on one of your plasticine recreations?
You know, when I create I forget about food or sleep. I can do it all night long, and honestly at that time of my divorce creating really helped me cope. Right now I am okay to be alone, and I create my works with a big smile.
Do you ever find time to exhibit your work?
I mean my doors are always open for all who want to to see it, but honestly nobody knows about me and my plasticine for several reasons: I really don’t have friends who understand the beauty of it. The only people who inspire me and buy plasticine for me again and again are my daughters. They say believe in my talent, but I think they just say it to support me. Three years ago we were trying to put together an exhibition, but sadly this idea failed as nobody expressed interest.
Click here to check out Svitlana’s facebook and many more of her plasticine artworks
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You can find out more about Pejac and his street art here.
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