Natalia- Moscow, RU
Natalia was the first person I contacted for my trip to Moscow. ‘This is exactly what I need!’ she replied, which made even me more excited to meet her. I traveled to her studio, north of Moscow in an abandoned military plant. She opened the door beaming and full of energy. While she rearranged the paintings in her atelier for our shoot, she told me she has always been the odd one out: in her family, in school, even in the artworld. And with hardly any commercial galleries in Moscow, being a young artist is especially hard. But none of this prevents Natalia from making art. With no money for materials, she paints on anything she can find: old packaging, pieces of wood, found canvas… She often even sleeps in the complex, on a shelf in the storage system, to save money on housing. Art is her reason to live and she’s fully committed to it. Her dedication and enthusiasm were infectious, and I followed her through the building like a puppy in love. Before I left, Natalia made a self portrait, which is now in my collection to remind me of her.