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Interview with Nina Tokhtaman Valetova for Emboss Magazine





How would you describe your style? How has it evolved during your career?

I like to create my artworks in different styles because an idea can sometimes be expressed better in one style than another. Usually I work with oil paint, though I have created roughly 20 acrylic paintings. From time to time, I create processed digital images from photographs of my paintings. When I am looking for a new subject, my own personal stories usually provide the key to a strong new concept. I feel that the individuality of an artist (intellect, emotional state) always manifest in a work - it is almost impossible to hide one's inner world while working creatively.


What themes do you explore in your work?

My paintings explore relationships between ancient cultures, mythologies, fantasy, metaphysics and philosophy. I avoid doing paintings about political issues, and prefer broader themes that are independent from a particular situation.

What inspires and motivates you as an artist? Do other artists influence your work?

I studied Art History for 10 years and had the opportunity to explore the styles of many different artists. Some of them definitely have impacted my way of self-expression: Malevich, Klee, Miro, Dali, de Chirico and many others.


What is the best part about being an artist and/or working within the arts?

I feel best if my intentions and goals in the paintings are embodied as I pictured beforehand. Often the creative process allows me to escape from the real world into another world - a world of fantasy, and a completely different condition of meditation. I feel a freedom that I do not have in the real world.

In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing the arts today?

I think a big problem for artists is a lack of sufficient support structures, whether through art galleries, sponsors, or the government. The Artist alone must resolve many issues surrounding the financing of art projects, exhibitions, and publications - Maybe the artist should be better called "Superman."

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Match funded studio places available




Lucy McGrath, 2016 Award winner

Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at our two centres in central and south London. We support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally.

 We’ve got two opportunities for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community on match-funded places comprising studio space and support for one year.

 The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award 2017 specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.

 The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) Award 2017 supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out.

 The extended deadline for receipt of applications: 10am, Monday 17 July 2017.

 Find out more on our website, http://cockpitarts.com/awards-bursaries/, and contact sandie@cockpitarts.com for an Application Pack.


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