AS IS | Maria Kostareva

Artist

From Tver, Russia

Based in Moscow, Russia


We interviewed inspiring Maria Kostareva, whose works are a study of human behavior and relationships conveyed through figurative abstraction and color interplay. She shared with us her impressive journey, views on art, and many more!




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


M: As a child, I visited an art school. My mother painted well, too. I always wanted to be an artist, but I grew up in a small village and it was hard for me to believe that that was possible. For several years I tried to combine my art practice with a designer career at a publishing house in Moscow. It wasn't easy, but after a while, I finally quit my regular job and since then, I have been a full-time artist. In the end, the most important thing was to give myself permission to call myself an artist. When I started introducing myself to new people like that, I got the confidence that it was true.



A: What inspires you the most?


M: I’m inspired by life in its smallest details. I believe that life is built not around ‘big’ events, but in our daily interactions.



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


M: I make sure to work in a calm state, so sometimes I meditate before I begin. I also often paint to music, right now it is Race to Space.



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


M: Be curious and open-minded.





A: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?


M: Open, saturated, vital.



A: The best angle to look at art is...?


M: ...from your heart.



A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art?


M: Why does it touch you? What do you feel when you look at this piece?



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


M: I think it all starts with looking anyway, but there are some amazing books that can help you start looking deeper into art.

My favorites:

Manet and the Object of Painting by Michel Foucault,

Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation by Gilles Deleuze,

The Great Image Has No Form, or On the Nonobject through Painting by François Jullien.



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


M: Any changes have unpredictable consequences, so I would leave everything as it is.



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


M: "Of course, it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"

J.K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’



Thank you!


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