Helen Sheptytska is a multimedia artist from Ukraine. She’s a painter, a designer, a decorator, and a fire and LED lights performer. She’s also a freelance illustrator, creating characters, music album covers, post cards, and much more.
On top of all that, she’s the president of the multicultural art platform “Dyvyna”. And she’s ready to astonish you with her art exhibition on the holy night of 5th April, 2019.
While we’re waiting for the big party, here’s a fun interview with Helen.
Hello, Helen! First of all, let me thank you for your time to answer these questions. It means a lot to all of us. It’s a whole different thing to go and see the artworks of a person that you already know a little bit about.
Hello! Thank you for all the effort. Very interesting questions! To be honest, I can write a poem to each of them, but I’ll try to be short.
How does your typical day at work look? Do you have a creative routine?
Everything in my life is crazy. All the time I find myself in new situations that require quick and important decisions. Nothing is typical in my work. Maybe only one thing, though – troubles. I continuously keep fighting for my dreams and my way of life.
What inspires you the most: people, nature, or art?
Truth inspires me, it gives me the leading light. Very often the stories of outstanding people also give me inspiration. And I really admire nature.
Do you have a spirit animal? If not, what do you think it would be and why?
I have even three.
- Our first fire team named OPOSSUMS. This creature has an ancient history and very interesting features.
- Because the night is my prime time as for most creative people.
- When I studied in college I was always hungry.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A teacher. All my family members are either teachers or musicians. And I like to joke that I am a family freak – an artist.
Tell us a little about one’s life as a decorator in Ukraine. Have you experienced or know about the differences in the struggles and joys of working in Ukraine and elsewhere?
Ukraine was a part of USSR for a very long time. So when the whole civilised world was busy developing art and science, we were behind “THE WALL”. On the one hand, we are still lagging behind. On the other hand, if you live through all difficulties, you can become one of the best.
What’s your advice to the young artists who aspire to be where you are now?
- Be Fearless. Fear has many faces, but you have to ignore all of them.
- Be sincere with yourself. Try to understand the real motivation behind your acts.
- The most important for all professionals – be highly skilled! Develop every line, work hard!
In your opinion, does the Internet in general help or distract the artists of today? Why do you think that?
Yes, really, the Internet gives more opportunities. On the other hand, only 80% of your personal contacts can be useful.
What would you pick as the most important element of the visual arts: texture, colour, or form? Why?
All is important. As in human body even those little fingers are useful, hahaha!
Is there anything else you’d like our event attendees to know about your artwork to, perhaps, appreciate it better?
In my opinion an ARTIST is a highly talented and intelligent person. Because to create real, perfect Art you have to understand Nature and control your own mind and body.
As a child I used to connect fine arts, craft, and different sport activities together. It helped me to build a strong personality and a bright lifestyle. Now I’m the president of the art platform DYVYNA.
After 16 years of experience in creating canvases, sculptures, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and travelling all around I am ready to share all my knowledge and create more art!
The main idea behind my exhibition is that art is alive. All objects are unique because they’re created without any sketches or projections.
The exhibition is alive only once, it’s not going to be the same the next time. I’ve also created my own dance performance using my freak costumes and real fire. All of this (paintings, installation, and performance) form a unique, ALIVE, and magical experience.
Check out Helen’s portfolio here: https://www.artstation.com/fiolena
and here: https://www.behance.net/fioletillud43e