Frankfurt-based artist @KYASUVO draws inspiration from what she experiences and lives through in the different phases of her life. She lives near a botanical garden but when it comes to important places she’s more about the constellation of her inner world, which is a vital place to take care of. TWWP in partnership with Wall of Art.
BY TWWP Photo Anna Kuznyetsova
“I think the little things matter the most. If I look at this from a scientific point of view – everything is made of tiny particles. And I believe that our life is also a huge collection of little things in all its forms and meanings. It’s important for me to cherish, perceive and enjoy them, which I try to do in my personal life and in my art. I draw inspiration from what I experience and live through in the different phases of my life. Everything that my inner radars pick up inspires me in one way or another.
I wanted to become an actress, a psychologist, a diplomat, a magician, a pilot and an alchemist during my childhood and teenage years. In the end, it was probably an unconscious decision to become an artist, haha, Because it all pointed to an interest in this world and life around us. I think it’s quite natural that as an artist I embrace a mélange of it all – adding a few things. I’ve been creating since I can remember. My first exhibition was in preschool, since I quickly drew on almost all of the paper they had there.
“I love collecting mushrooms, swimming naked, eating tons of cheese, collecting and reading books, dancing, naps, being in my creative process, mountains, seas, weird houses, dogs, having rituals.”
I’m into neurology at the moment. Recently, I suffered from a weird and excruciating pain in my head and started to delve into how our brains work. So, my research led me to the neurologist, naturalist, historian of science and writer Oliver Sacks. He’s a super interesting person and an author who explores the strangest pathways in the brain. I can’t get enough of his books and YouTube videos at the moment. So, the whole topic is already having a huge impact on my creative process right now and I’m pretty sure it will be a big inspiration for my upcoming art.
Most of the time, the sketching and creative process starts in my mind. It takes couple of days, weeks or even months for the idea to ripen enough. And then when I feel it’s ready to emerge as an artwork, I start to work on it. I very often work on several pieces at the same time. Because one project gives me the inspiration for another. And if I get stuck, I leave the artwork until I’m feeling ready to continue. Sometimes I don’t finish it at all if I don’t feel like it.
A perfect day for me is one that I can live through on my own flow. You know, not being pushed or distracted too much or stressed from the outside. A day when I can hear myself thinking clearly and feel in tune with myself. That’s when I make the best decisions, and everything feels right.
I have a lot of chairs and lamps at home. I love these objects. My home is where my favorite rituals come into play. Like making coffee, resting, getting tons of sleep, cooking delicious meals or having dinners with friends. Listening to my vinyls and dancing by myself. Basically, my safe haven with things that make me happy when I’m alone or with those I hold dearest.
Frankfurt is absolutely okay as a creative city to work and live in! And when it’s not, I escape somewhere else for a while. I can’t stay too long in one place anyway. So, even the most fantastic place lacks something sometimes. Then I start to explore. I’m not a fan of blaming a city, it’s more about the constellation of the inner world for me. I can’t say enough about how important it is to take care of that. I live close to a huge park and a lovely botanical garden here in Frankfurt. So, there are lots of different species of birds and it’s very interesting to observe them. I even got some binoculars to bird watch more professionally. Unfortunately, at times I think my neighbors don’t believe I’m really spying on birds.
I actually fear fear itself. I think being afraid of things limits us so much. And you know, I’m not only talking about things like the fear of darkness, the wolf in the forest, or some major evil. More like this very present and challenging thing called anxiety that is making everyday life quite unpleasant for so many of us in society today. Like Kierkegaard wrote ‘anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.’ I wish people could find more inner peace and courage.”