I was the happiest person in the world when I read a confirmation letter on a rainy Monday morning:
"Dear Natalia, after careful consideration, your work has been selected by our committee of art experts and it is with great pleasure that I offer you an exhibition stand at The Other Art Fair, October 2017."
However, the fee for the participation in this prestigious fair brought me down. The fair costs £1260 + basic expenses, such as printing promotional material + transportation + installation etc. Beyond that, most foundation grants are given to nonprofit organisations not individual artists. At that very moment, I realised I was the saddest person and the happiest person at the same time. A similar situation occurred a year ago, when I was forced to decline offers from Tokyo International Art Fair and The Other Art Fair in New York. This time I decided not to give up!
Therefore, I will be eternally grateful for any support from you, which allows me to exhibit my artworks at The Other Art Fair in London on the 5th of October2017.
I believe that crowdfunding is more about people who support you rather than raising the money. It brings awareness, validation and gives wings to creative individuals and their ideas. As a working artist, it’s not enough to produce art, you need to promote it as well. Often, people do not realise how vulnerable is the position of a person who is about to expose his / her ideas on canvas. There is a story, a complex message and personal emotions hidden behind each artwork.
The artistic path should be about inherent need to create, share and leave mark on the world. There is nothing more rewording for an artist than unspoken connection between audience and artwork. Therefore, every exhibition is an opportunity to introduce artist's creative and inner thoughts to strangers, mothers, lovers, sons or daughters. Strangers become friends, friends become family - a unique network. In a way, your support becomes a key to our mutual growth.
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” (John F. Kennedy)
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for your support.
A new series of paintings selected for The Other Art Fair 2017 documents life of immigrants from London and their vulnerable position after Brexit. These artworks narrate separations and unity, heartbreak and recovery, depression and healing. The rest is left open for your interpretation.
Below you can find a link to my online portfolio through Saatchi website:
The second theme entitled "November the 8th", introduces five paintings. Each canvas contains an object that is associated with a former American businessmen and the current President of the United States of America Donald Trump.
Thank you so much for your help and donation.