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Artist Statement

My work speaks for itself. I work with people and often with women. Often I have a girl/woman figure in it.  

I like to rebel against reality logic and rules, creating overly “perfectionized” characters in surreal environments. Exercising an idea of perfect in the imperfect world.  I start my art with emotion and idea and then I let my art introduce its idea and emotion to me. I would describe my art as interactive and reciprocal relationship.

Often my art work is  inspired and influenced by my work as a therapist. I find it as a perfect combination that influencing and enhancing  each other . Every piece of my art has a hidden personal ether mine or someone else's story in it.

As an Artist and Art Therapist , I strongly believe that art and any creative expression is highly  therapeutic and enriches  quality of life.

I believe that Art Therapy and Art itself embraces the idea that art is a means of symbolic communication and expresses personality, thoughts, feelings, emotions and other aspects of human experience. It is the application of the visual arts and the creative process within a therapeutic relationship, to support, maintain, and improve the psychosocial, physical, cognitive and spiritual health of individuals of all ages.

I believe that using imagery, colour, texture and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. It is a way of the story telling, expressing , self-exploring, communicating, healing and growing.

Creating art, connecting with other artists and appreciating other artists work have enriched my life immeasurably. Sharing explorations of various types of artistic expression infuses life with purpose, and heightens awareness and appreciation of all that surrounds us. Since I started painting, creating art, communicating with other artist and combined my artistic pursuits and my profession as recreation therapist into art therapy, my life changed /enhanced immensely. It will never be the same.

I have a good balance of happy pieces and so called “dark”. Although some of my work looks dark and gloomy, I believe that  search for light through the dark is a major focus for me and others.  Darkness reveals a depth of feeling, light illuminates connections of all kinds that enrich our lives.  I often inspired by darkness I continually searching for a beauty in the darkest places.

I continually exploring variety of colours  and textures , exploring how they affect me and viewers. Observing and analyzing what therapeutic properties they have. It is ongoing process of adventure, learning, growth and discovery.

Natalia Krioutchkova