Artist ~ Lita Poliakova
Pavonine smiles buzz over consciousness in an ultrafashionable way. Leggy intertwines with consumerism in transformations absorbing by sparkling limbs. Welcome to the celebration of terribly attractive power, eternal youth and shine! ~ Lita
The images in your collage art are seamless—blending together pieces of paper as though they were one sheet. How does one blend so many pieces together without creating bulk?
There is an order in chaos; at least people talk about it. Balancing on the edge is tricky. Anyway, perfection is not the point. My collages are handmade products, and it’s better to see them as traces of insanity, weird recycling method or evolution of trash. The pattern and its connections are formed by some fancy receptors and hallucinations inside my bone box. I’m just left to serve it with garnish background or smoothly chatoyant cuts.
How long have you been creating art? Do you do this full-time? If so, how long have you been a full-time artist?
Eternal for my parents, never ending story for supportive friends, chronic disease for others. My Self is trying to recall who I was in previous life. Collage and illustration are my main job, while I take ace-deuce overtime. Full time in art, I would say: the ride is more than 10 years by now, meanwhile I caught two university degrees in graphic design and continue with Master of Arts.
What is your process for getting an idea into a piece of art? Do you start with an idea or message you want to communicate, or with the found objects themselves?
Porto or Shiraz as a base, a few drops of smoky regrets, melted illusions, neon colored toxic pain, mint patch on a cracked glass and burned by warmth of appreciators cookie on the top! That’s a recent Lita’s cocktail. Others are affected by fleshy touches and equality penetrations, the future might be North Korean implementation of power. Being found by objects, my scissors movements are influenced by them. Hence, I should trust the image, drool over or be in awe of it. I use media that transmits its own message (social, commercial or appealing for animals to chew) and confront it with another one, that helps to reveal a slice of changes or to question.
Given that the arrangements of geometric shapes in your images appear very purposeful, what kind of symbolism lies behind the shapes you choose? Is there significance in their placement in your compositions?
Fashionsters are sharper because of the aggressive nature of fashion and its infectious authority. Composed by heart (read – guts), yet, you are right, I’m drawn by blending of planes and logical merge of lines. Still, fight with chimeric patterns and inner constraints to tear all the shit apart!
What are you trying to convey and communicate in your art?
Don’t look for the meaning out side your own head. Anyway, it’s relieving to think that the sense is around. Often I heard about cosmic energy and connection to the universe in the case of creators. Don’t believe that. It is also said the artists are oracles, they unconsciously translate threat or elicit hidden processes in the society, however, not true again. Artists are just geniuses! Interpreting is the whole other chapter, but the message is what one feels inside and translates visually/audibly/tactilely (I’m very sorry being so limited that can’t reach the blind, but I experiment with ceramics and assemblages, art should be accessible in a broad sense). Awakening! Let it be my keyword. To restart the engine, to choke with nectar of comfy routine and scintillate at least for seconds. I’m a lousy poet and also tend to use letters in my visual poetry compositions (and now that’s my chance to address you, lazy critical bastard, who tells me you don’t understand my art – there are letters, it’s a clue for you, try to find inner connection!).
What has been the response and reaction to your work? Anything that’s surprised you?
I was not tortured by all the losses and lessons of reality but was vaccinated with amazement. Viewer’s disgust and crackles on frames please me! Fruitful collaboration with well-known psychiatrist or commission by funky band will surprise me enough.
Throughout this century and the last people have bemoaned advances in technology as the death of art. Film killed painting, video killed film, camera phones killed photography as an art. Technology has certainly changed the way collages might be made, but there is still something playful and childish about the technique. Do you see technological advances as a detriment?
So far, my collages are born manually and no one has invented a proper replacement for the feeling. Taking into account the price for the analog photos in the galleries, art benefits from the technology more than ever, the policy of the scarcity, you know. Another side is creation of art by technology, not mine, but a sterile digital neuron network creates art.
How long does it take you to make a collage?
Collage is supertemporal! A collage per day instead of a painkiller or trance-driven piece for less than an hour. The vague idea is incubated for about a week at embryo stage, followed by a research period. It happens the works rip out prematurely. The timelines are applicable only to thematic series; ongoing ones constantly grow (waiting for the final piece and working as procrastination pills). Self-quotes and side notes are in Instagram, dribs and drabs evolve from season to season as a mass culture digestive easy to swallow. One day someone wants to exhibit this cockroach crumbs in a gallery like netsuke, for my 100th birthday, most likely.
Does your work always come out as you imagine, or are there happy mistakes that make for a final masterpiece?
I place the pieces like a puzzle and, until it’s not glued, there are no mistakes! After that, we will never know what would be better! The main rule for a collage artist is not to sneeze at the workplace (if happened and pieces were blown away, means luckily restructured universe offers a change).
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
My sister is a florist and by chance, I visit her and compose a bouquet! Pure magic! I’m fooling with ceramics and painting (oh, no, it said we are already at the commitment stage), while photography was at the very beginning of my studies. Occasions of printing techniques and bronze wandering once. Linocut and pumpkin cut; stone cut and hot glass adventures – not yet!
Interview by Derrick Dexter Jones