INESSA KALABEKOVA

Exhibitions

Book from the Past

The project took a different turn from its initial conception. I made the decision to meticulously organize and categorize all the artworks I created between 2006 and 2020. These comprised 94 pages in total, encompassing a range of pieces from my early years, including works from various courses I undertook. These pages serve as a visual journey through my artistic evolution, showcasing not only my exploration of color but also my reflections on ideation and the development of my creative process. It’s fascinating to observe the shifts in color schemes and themes throughout the years, providing a clear indication of my progress and growth as an artist. The subsequent phase involves crafting a folder with a luxurious velvet interior.

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“Natural Rhythms: Echoes of Ancient Harmony”

Upon my return from London, I meticulously finished the tapestry and diligently crafted the third proposal for an exhibition at a charity organization. Now, as I await their response in early May, exhaustion weighs heavily upon me, coupled with a palpable sense of anticipation that makes me feel small and anxious. Kindly grant him permission to remain in this location uninterrupted: “Natural Rhythms: Echoes of Ancient Harmony” is an engaging exploration of the bond between humans and nature, inspired by ancient myths and legends. This art exhibition aims to connect us with the timeless wisdom of ecology and spirituality, fostering a deeper relationship with natural world through the lens of ancient wisdom and modern creativity. The artwork, comprising collages and drawings, takes inspiration from the “Classic of Mountains and Seas,” an ancient Chinese book featuring mythical landscapes and creatures. The artist’s repertoire, spanning drawing, collage, and painting, has long been influenced by ancient tales, particularly those involving mythical beings. Additionally, studies on paleontology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology have informed the artistic process. Central themes include the interconnectedness of all life forms, the cyclical nature of the environment, and the enduring wisdom present in ancient lore. Through diverse mediums such as paintings, sculptures, and tapestries, visitors embark on a journey of self-discovery and ecological awareness. Symbolism and allegory abound in the artworks, such as the Phoenix symbolizing renewal and the cicada representing the transient nature of life. A unique aspect is public participation, encouraging visitors to interact with the art and each other, fostering dynamic dialogue. A charming addition to the exhibition is the “Book Cottage,” a meticulously crafted dollhouse nestled within the gallery space. Within its miniature walls, visitors discover a serene sanctuary for contemplation, where ancient wisdom and modern insights converge in perfect harmony. Here, amidst the intricate details of this cozy retreat, one finds respite and inspiration—a testament to the enduring power of storytelling to bridge the gap between past and present. Additional Activities: 1.Children’s book reading sessions offer an educational and engaging experience for younger visitors. 2.”Meet the Artist” sessions provide an opportunity for visitors to connect with the creator behind the artworks and gain deeper insights into their inspirations and creative process. 3.Board with questions for exhibition visitors. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to jot down notes or answers to these questions. Educational Resources: A display of books that have inspired the artists, offering visitors resources for further exploration and contemplation. Art works: Painting Phoenix, real dried cicada and jade cicada. Size painting 126 x 76 cm. Painting of Dragon and his four assistants, 10 drawings of dragon research and rusty horseshoe. Size painting 120 x 90 cm. Drawings A3 Scroll with 15 dragon souls, wooden hors and dragon made from a twig. Size 8560 x 47 cm, Two paintings one with tiger and one with dragon, 14 drawings of Descendants of the Dragon, bear tooth and old rusty nail. Size 126 x 76 cm, Size 126 x 60 cm, drawings A3. Three round paintings with dragons with deferent personalities, two nests one empty the other with three pearls. D 40 cm. Tapestry “Tree of life” – LUCA, 23 peddles with runes. Size 2500 x 2500 cm. Stand – Serpent to Sovereign: The dragon’s journey. Size 1900 x 2500 cm. Bord with questions for exhibition visitors. Display of books that inspired this exhibition. 10. Hand made Dall house “ Book cottage”

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“Tree of Life” tapestry. LUCA (the Last Universal Common Ancestor)

Yesterday, during my morning jog, I happened upon a dried palm branch which inspired the final touches of my latest creation: the “Tree of Life” tapestry. In this artwork, I’ve represented LUCA (the Last Universal Common Ancestor) as the sturdy trunk, while the branches symbolize the three primary domains of life: Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya. The tapestry serves as a visual metaphor for the interconnectedness of life, underscoring our shared origins and the remarkable diversity found on Earth. Through the intricate weaving of threads, it offers a nuanced reflection on evolutionary processes, illustrating the complexity and interdependence inherent in the natural world. My creative process was influenced by the principles espoused by William Morris, an advocate for the craftsmanship and significance of handmade artistry. By imbuing my work with a personal touch, I sought to imbue it with a sense of authenticity and depth. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this tapestry encourages contemplation of existential themes, prompting viewers to ponder the profound intricacies of existence. Twenty squares, each measuring 30 by 30, are meticulously sewn onto the tapestry. Amidst these squares, the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) is delicately applied, depicted as a thin line, subtly integrated into the design, not immediately noticeable upon first glance. This subtle representation of LUCA adds a layer of depth and intrigue to the overall composition, inviting viewers to engage more closely with the artwork and discover its hidden elements.  

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I picture a process like waving a magic wand

Yesterday’s art exhibition presented the inaugural artworks of first-year students from various Master art programs at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. In an ideal world, I picture a process like waving a magic wand. I hope these artworks could exist in a world where there’s more kindness and responsibility towards those in need. The idea of a dragon represents the struggle between doing what’s right and giving in to destruction. For me, a good creative environment should encourage growth and self-reflection rather than reckless behavior. When it comes to artistic freedom, especially in public spaces, there should be clear rules. Art should be suitable for all ages, like what you’d show to a child. This sets a standard for what’s acceptable in society. Success, to me, isn’t just about being free to create. It’s also about inspiring and being inspired. We need to nurture creativity while teaching responsibility and discipline. Looking after the well-being of artists is crucial, as good health gives them strength and freedom. So, I aim to foster discipline in the creative process, without getting too caught up in moralizing. By following logical paths, we can navigate art’s complexities and make a real impact. Before attending the exhibition, I spent some time visiting museums and sketching works by artists like Titian and Artemisia Gentileschi. It’s fascinating how classical art can transport you to a different emotional space. There’s a certain timeless quality to it that can evoke a sense of awe and contemplation.

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