About Lena Smirnova
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I paint therefore I am
I do not have any formal education in arts, but became an artist due to the necessity to entertain. Having to teach rather heavy theoretical courses at universities in various countries, I found that my students just fell asleep when I filled the blackboard up with mathematic derivations. Then in order to wake them up I started to make sketches required for my subject a bit more elaborated. For example, instead of sketching a beam, I drew a bridge (which is generally a beam) with cars and people moving over the bridge not forgetting a heavy storm looming on the horizon. It waked my students up, and very complicated and scary mathematic formulas were digested easier. Consequently, the bridge's admissible loads, vibration frequencies and safety margins for wind velocity were calculated in no time. It was such a fun!
Now I work on my paintings in a more tranquil atmosphere of my atelier and without 100 spectators behind my back. It is not visual objects that trigger my imagination, but an idea, a concept, an observation, a discrepancy interests me at the first place. Only then comes a strong urge to visualize this. Thinking usually takes much more time than painting pictures. I like to do some research into the matter. Books, TV, political isues, discussions with friends and internet surfing - everything will do. I look on the subject from various angles and thus usually not one but a series of paintings is taking shape.
For example, my still life pictures are presented in the series "Realism noire". Here I actually construct still life set-ups placing objects on the reflecting black mirror. It may look strange and artificial, but, yes, I like to provoke and puzzle always remembering that "we see things not as they are but as we are".
I take my art seriously but I do not take myself seriously in art. When the onlooker smiles looking at one of my large canvasses or at a small piece of paper, then I know that the goal is achieved: one more smile, laugh - even a chuckle will do - in the world :o)
I am represented by two galleries in Denmark, and usually exhibit at annual art festivals 2-3 times a year.