The Heroine’s Journey of Katerina Sidorova

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

My (visual) work helps me to process the issues I have no words to answer, it’s me at the most sincere, only in my work I can accept the flaws calmly and gratefully.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

To know my loved ones are doing well.

What is my greatest fear?

To be very sad as I’m dying, to know I was truly unhappy my whole life and there’s no time to change it anymore.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Comparing myself with others.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

It has to be a woman, so I’ll name Rosi Braidotti, she’s a philosopher, not a fine artist, but that another field that I find deep attachment to. I admire her for her sharp mind, srtong ethics and wonderful charisma.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I can’t lie, no matter how hard I’ll be trying.

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

The insecurities it brings in me.

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

Each time I finish a sculpture/project, stare at it from distance, and it’s looking nice, and it’s made, and it didn’t exist before but it does from this moment on. Those are precious moments.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I’d love to get much much sillier.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Being an independent artist at this day and age is tricky on it’s own and I applaud everyone who keeps producing work regardless of many difficulties of our field. My personal biggest achievement is being able to make people ask questions – about my works, about the world or about themselves, doesn’t matter as long as the thinking process has started.

Where would I most like to live?

Big city, vibrant city, artful city with at least one park.

What is my most treasured possession?

Two stuffed toy hippos, I have had them since I was a baby and they know simply too much by now.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Hard to please.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The dunes in The Hague are beautiful, not like anything I’ve ever seen before.

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

Home, I’m afraid.

What books influenced my life and how?

Jules Verne and Donald Bisset when I was a child, for their creative wondrous mind, the call for adventure their works contain and the element of using handcrafted objects to change their worlds. “Crime and Punishment” by F. Dostoyevsky and “Miss Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf for their crystal clear depiction of human sadness. These texts have shaped the person I am now and are inseparable part of my identity.

Who are my favorite writers?

Michael Cunnigham, Fedor Dostoyevsky, Jane Austen, Virginia Wolfe are the authors I re-read always, I also find Erlend Loe books real cute.

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

Oh wow, think I’ll make a ‘The day you die’ playlist after this, but with the most honesty it’ll probably be some early songs of Arctic Monkeys, so I could think back to my youth.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Elizabeth Bennet, always.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My mother, my grandma, my amazing friends, no so much celebrities. Just women I know put their hard in the work they’re doing.

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

It’s ‘Andrei Rublev’ by Andrei Tarkovsky, but not just once please. It changes as the person who’s watching it grows older.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Keeps me sane.

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

Without a doubt, Zhenya, my mother.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018/2019?

It’s a little awkward, naming people, but I’d love to have gallery representation next year, so I’ll say honest and dedicated gallerists.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018/2019?

Meeting Donna Haraway, Fransis Alys, Rosi Braidotti, Edwina Ashton would be awesome of course, but let’s just see what the year brings.

What project, in 2018/2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I am just about to go on a residency in Yaroslavl, Russia shortly followed by my move to Glasgow, UK for MA studies. So pretty great projects lined up.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018/2019?

Hopefully outside my studio and not in the bin just yet 😉

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

I hope that it won’t retire, my passion.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

My good friends Cathleen Owens (http://www.cathleenowens.com) and Debbie Young (http://www.debbieyoung.space) will sure have some stories to tell.

How can you contact me?

Via my website http://katerina-sidorova.com

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