Me and my story
Relationship with Nature
Being in contact with nature is of utmost importance to me. It is my main source of inspiration. I constantly learn to notice new natural forms and transform them into my work.
When creating a hollow object, first, an artist needs to understand its texture, to feel it. I usually find interesting textures in ordinary things – shells, branches, leaves. It can be dry plants, branches without leaves and flowers, stumps with visible growing stages, natural weaves and patterns. This is a cheat sheet for a sculptor.
Tactile interaction with these objects gives a much better understanding and feel of the texture. This is the preparatory stage before the start of an art project. It allows feeling the beauty and elegance of the shape. These objects are like beacons - you hold them in your hand, sense its structure and start creating.
Valentina believes that nature is her main source of inspiration. The artist continually learns to notice new shapes and transform them into pieces of art. Shell, branch, leaf – she finds unusual textures in ordinary things and tries to replicate them in ceramics.
The process of photo shooting on old corn field.
Later on, when I refused to take over the family business but enrolled in the Academy of Arts, I received enormous support from my grandparents. They surrounded me with love and support which helped me to continue my path.
The family played a significant role in establishing Valentina’s artistic vision. Growing up, she loved watching her father painting and whittle. Later, Valentina found enormous support from grandmother and grandfather when she made her choice, not in favour of a family business and enrolled in “Ion Creanga Pedagogical State University”.
I remember how I entered my studio and with trembling hands started creating something completely new. My hands felt shape and material like never before. It became pliable and sculpturesque. This felt like a dance.