Tatsiana Hurynovich graduated from EHU’s Political Science and European Studies low residence program in 2012. Now she lives in Belarus and works as an artist. Her paintings were featured at Parallax exhibition in London on October, 24-25.
EHU alumna opens up about difficulties of creative work in Belarus and career perspectives in an exclusive interview.
Tatsiana, you graduated from EHU’s Political Science and European Studies program in 2012. Could you tell us in what field are you currently working?
Currently I am solely an artist, trying to develop in this field. I think it is impossible to do art while working somewhere else. It is not as easy as might seem. It takes a lot of time and efforts.
In October 2015, you paintings were featured at the International exhibition Parallax in London. How did you get there? What were your impressions and expectations from the exhibition?
Last summer I participated in an international exhibition in Miami. After the exhibition, I got acquainted with an artist who told me about Parallax. His works were exhibited there in summer. I found the exhibition interesting and I applied – and here I am. The exhibition went very well, a lot of visitors, many interesting contacts. It is vital for an artist to be able to show her works, to get some feedback.
When did you start painting? Did you paint while studying at EHU?
I started painting in 2013. Before that I had a seven-year break. I had painted in high school, 9th grade. I went to an art school, but I had never thought I would work in the sphere of arts.
Queens are featured on some of your paintings. What are the meanings of an image of a queen for you? Is it somehow related to your education in political science?
I am currently working on a series of queens. It is always difficult for an artist to explain why she paints this or that… I like portrait art, certain images… I started painting queens last fall because I found their image to be beautiful. It conveys feminine power, might and beauty. It is not related to my education in political science, but my education influenced me a lot as a person. Maybe I wouldn’t have gone into art, had I graduated from a different university.
In 2012 you published a study “Governmental Regulation and Its Consequences.” Could you tell us how you manage to combine activities in political science and arts?
I am no longer involved in political science work. I concentrate on art alone, but maybe I’ll return to political science one day.
What inspires your creativity? Is it difficult to do creative work in Belarus?
Many things inspire me. I do portrait art, I paint people who inspire me and whom I admire. It is practically impossible to do art in Belarus, unless you paint for yourself alone. There are no real galleries. You have to be a member of the Artists Union and to have a serious education in arts to get there. This is ridiculous. And paintings are sold for prices lower than the cost of materials. I can’t but wonder why artists would want to sell their works for such prices.
What career plans do you have for the nearest future? How do you see yourself in the next five years?
I am planning my next exhibition to be in London, as well. I already had two exhibitions here last summer. I am also considering an exhibition in America. I have had a proposal to do a personal exhibition in New York gallery on Manhattan in two years. Before that I am planning to participate in various group exhibitions in London and, maybe, the United States. I already have some proposals. I am planning to keep on advancing in the sphere of arts. I am still a novice artist, looking for my way. But art is what I like and what I want to do. I also do clothing design and would like to get professional education and develop in that sphere, as well.
Thanks for the interview.