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AS IS | Alexei Dmitriev


From Magnitogorsk, Russia

Based in Magnitogorsk, Russia

What a story! We talked with captivating artist Alexei about his art journey, nature of the inspiration, ways to talk about art, and much more - enjoy!

AR: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

A: Hi! My name is Alexei and at the moment I'm focusing on the sculpture and the work with metal (in particular with sheet metal and wire).

It all has started in my childhood. I always loved to draw and was very creative. Then, I was working in one very nice company as a machinist (where still my studio is), so I had access to metal, machines, and all sorts of tools that would allow me to create something with my hands.

In the beginning, I was creating interior design pieces (floor lamps, tables, shelves). Later, I wanted to try to create some medium figures (all-metal). After I tried it and realized that it might work, started to make sculptures. That's how my first sculpture "Yesterday - Today -Tomorrow" was created. At that moment I realized that I want to be a sculptor and work with metal.

AR: What inspires you the most?

A: Many things inspire me - certain events around me and the world, emotions, music. Perhaps, music motivates me more than inspires me, can't work without music. Other artists inspire me and their works. I would say in general - life is the biggest inspiration for me.

AR: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?

A: Music, perhaps, is the only and main ritual. As I said earlier, there is no work without music. After I complete the project - I do a small video about it, not sure whether it could be considered a ritual.

AR: What would you recommend to someone new to art (rather artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

A: Don't be afraid to fail. I already heard this question from some people who want to become an artist, but are not sure what, to begin with. Here is my answer - don't be afraid, get rid of doubts, and if there is a desire to release yourself in the art it all will happen naturally.

AR: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to art?

A: I'm not sure I understood the question

AR: The best angle to look at art is from ..?

A: Well, if we talk about the sculpture, certain creations are aimed to be looked at from a certain angle. Meanwhile, there are some which are meant to be looked at from all sides, for example - monuments on the main squares of the city.

AR: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?

A: Well, if we talk about my art - I would say any phrase that shows interest and curiosity from the person who's asking.

AR: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?

A: All books make us more interesting in the communication process. I don't read some special literature, I'd rather prefer fiction. Now I'm reading "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. The book about talented architect, who was denied by the society. This book is about art, highly recommend it! My favorite one - is "Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike"

by Phil Knight. I think it's also about art, partly.

AR: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

A: Preferential or free shipping of artworks globally. So that the shipping industry would become more accessible for artists.

AR: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)?

A: - "Just do it"

Thank you!

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