February 2013 New York Member of the Month
Meet – Zhanna Rohalska who currently lives in Manhattan as an artist, linguist, teacher and model.
1.Where are you from?
was born in the Far East of Russia and grew up in Western Ukraine (L`viv region)
2. Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a professional linguist, teacher, model and an artist. Art is my passion though I have discovered it for myself relatively not that long ago – around 5 years ago.
3. How long have you been an EC member?
I`ve been a member since July 2006
4. What’s your favorite piece of art that you have created?
I love this particular painting called “Cup” because it came out very spontaneously and effortlessly. However it radiates with the emotions that I have been experiencing at that time. The core theme is the conflict between a woman and a man and how sometimes love is mistaken for something else.
5. What are you working on at the moment?
I am mainly concentrating on big-size colored ink pen drawings at the moment. In particular, I am reworking a lot of Old Masters` paintings since I`m fascinated by the supremely balanced and graceful lines of their work that is often absent from contemporary works. I should admit that my reinterpretation of their themes does gain a certain angularity & awkwardness but that`s just how I do it. (: After making a drawing on the basis of a painting of one of the Masters, Girodet for example, I feel that I have touched the masterpiece and connected with a great source of lasting inspiration.
6. What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
I would like to be more patient and understanding towards others. I would love to maintain an open childish gaze at this world and keep finding harmony in our existence, in spite of all daily tribulations facing us. I would not mind becoming famous one day as an artist but it is not a direct goal for me, it would be more of a side-effect of my creative activity.
7. What are you doing when you are not creating? What other hobbies do you have?
I love reading poetry (recently I reread a Russian poet Anna Akhmatova – she has wonderful lyrical poems that are punctured quite often with pain of unrequited love), philosophy; translating literary works; watching independent and older European cinema; meeting my friends.
8. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I play NY lottery on a weekly basis (:.
9. Do you have any favorite blogs that you read?
10. Where else do you sell your work?
online stores and art platforms such as Saatchi Online, art fairs in NYC
11. Where else can we find you? (Blog, website, twitter, facebook etc)?
12. What else should we know about you and your work?
I think we live in beautiful and at the same very conflicting times- a transitional phase where sustaining one`s individuality will become a core obligation of every conscious human being. In my art I explore my inner universe and at the same time reflect on the happenings around me.
13. Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
Be always amazing and amazed! Nowadays people sometimes go from day to day without paying attention to the beautiful things surrounding them, deeply absorbed in mundane activities of earning money, making a career etc. You have to view this world as a daily miracle, which it is.
14. Do you admire any artists / photographers? (Famous or not!)
Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani.
15. What is your favorite:
Color: Yellow, blue
Movie: Requiem for a Dream
Book: “Gadfly” by Ethel Lilian Voynich
15. Anything else you would like Eurocircle members to know about you?
I am happy to be able to share my thoughts on the role of creativity in life with you. I hope my artwork brightened up your day or made you look at things from a slightly different angle than before!