Solo show at Art Number 23 Gallery London

It was a pleasure to exhibit my ID Life tapestries series at the Art Number 23 gallery at the Biscuit Factory last Friday. The exhibition is still till the 24th of June.

Th exhibition was curated by CONSTANTINE ANJULATOS
GUEST DJ SIMON ANDREWS

'A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time
 and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest,  a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.'
Albert Einstein

My Life Tapestries series was inspired by the connection of all living creatures sharing the same space, 
the same world within the Universe. Drawing on my own near death experiences 
I explore my subject to the very boundaries between life and death and everything that is that 'in between' 
space.  The series is painted mainly on silk fabric with mixed media, oil. ink and 
collage.

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Transitory objects


Art
 is a necessity for me. It is an every day experience. Clothes are an extension of this creative and performative process. My belief is that making clothes is not a static process; clothes are transitory objects. We live in our clothes, we move and we experience how they feel on our skin. Colors and textures are for me a crucial part of a designing process as they resonate with our emotions.

Art should comfort and stimulate us at the same time.

"There is no such a thing as art. there are only people producing things that give them pleasure'.

'There is no such a thing as art. there are only people producing things that give them pleasure'.

Billy G.Carter

In my idea of beauty there is no glamour aspect. My work relates immediately to how I feel about life. My whole life has been in the pursuit of the truth. The most interesting for me is to deepen myself, my mind, into a human body, the head in particular. For me painting is necessity. It is placing myself outside my own experience. It gives the privilege of being looked at and the pleasure of investigation of what could be painted. I picture people recovering from their own stories. The most important part for me is to paint people with respect to authenticity and their spirit. I was preoccupied with the idea of making private biography public. It was a reaction to certain kind of repressiveness. I do not paint people as they are. I paint them as I feel them to be. This is my private investigation into their character and personality. I explore my subject to the very boundaries between life and death. My models reflect the transcendent act of crossing the border of souls living in the body. My medium is ancient yet powerful- watercolour and ink. The intensity of the colour varies, yet remains full just like tasting life for the last time before death. 

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Celebrate your imperfections. The beauty will follow. 

We live in a visually demanding society. There is so much pressure on the way we look and present ourselves that is sometimes breathtaking. How can we release the images stuck into our heads and be happy again without loosing our identity?
As Narain Ishaya stated yesterday at his book launch ''Chit Happens''  in London,
'Get rid of all your limitations. We impose limits on ourselves.' In the same way we can also release limiting beliefs. Free ourselves.

In regards to the subject I was investigating Aries -people who were born in the same month as me.
I did lots of research on the way Aries perceive reality and what are their strengths and weaknesses.
Here are the results.
Enjoy and start  celebrating your body.

Sit for me

Dear Viewers- 'Sit for me'- story releasing project 

Dear Viewers,

I started a project called 'Release your story' a while ago.
I would like to invite you to get engage in this project. I will paint your portrait from the picture you will send me on an email accompanied by the story that is or was bothering you and you wish to release it.
The results of this project would be posted on my blog after completing the painting.
Please note that  by sending the picture and your story you agree to publish the story on my website next to the painting.(NOT the actual picture of you)

Here is why releasing your story is important.

Phenomenon of backstory


Story telling has been my personal quest. As Deepak Chopra said, 'You create stories around your thoughts. Then you live those stories and you call it life. What makes a person extraordinary is that he or she finds a way to tell a new story.' Rule the story that is running you. Events deeply buried in the past can sabotage you in the future without noticing it. They are like bombs.

To work on this project with me please send me an email
agatadimasternak@gmail.com

Story can be written in your language not necessarily in English.


Example

New Editorial of ''Elsewhere''

New Editorial  of ''Elsewhere''

New Editorial ''Elsewhere''

Throwback session with my designs at the New Editorial of Elsewhere

Big Thank You to Olympia the stylist who invited me to collaborate on this amazing photoshoot.
Credits to
photographer Riccardo La Valle
video maker Roberto Anselmo Calcaterra
stylist Olympia De Molossi
make up Elena Gentile
hair Cecilia Consolini
stylist assistant Marina Manfredi
models Una, Natalia, Viktoryia (ICE MODELS)

More on
http://elsewhere-zine.com/in-sect/

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What did you do today to change the world?

What did you do today to change the world?

Hospital- face post surgery

What did you do today to change the world?

Each one of us has been given a chance to change this world every day.

Not everyone realises that.  Do we actually want this world to be a better place?

That question actually became a cliché as everyone says it but there are only few who takes action.

By action I mean to start with yourself.

Let me rephrase this question. What did you do today to get to know yourself better?

Only through knowing yourself, by building your core values and self respect you can make a change.

Life is not only about glamour and beauty. It is also about pain, vulnerability and everything else that we are trying to hide.

This memorable picture was taken after my last 29th surgery with #snapchat so my face wouldn’t look too scary.

It always reminds me about how I started painting and how my very first “Heads”series of paintings was created. 

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Interest

Interest

My interest was pretty obvious since I remembered. I was drawing, painting and amputating legs of my dolls since I was a little girl. I guess that tell a lot. After my diagnosis at the age of 16 years old my new vocation became apparent.

Nothing was the same. I learnt that medicine is limited and it does not appreciate our mind and its powers in the healing process. That quickly put me off becoming a surgeon and instead I decided to devote myself to painting. It was and is my passion that I live for. The process of painting helped me to heal my soul from toxins of the past and implement new ways of living into my messy life. Painting was my salvation and blessing.

The decision to become an artist was obvious however it took a lot of courage considering that I was growing up in a broken home, single mother raising me and my siblings, father who spend every single penny on alcohol.

There was one memorable incident that helped me to decide what I really want in life regardless.

I had a massive bleeding night and my doctor was not sure whether or not I will make it till the next day.

I remember that night very well. I did not sleep. A stranger with whom I shared a hospital room was holding my hand keeping me awake.

The possibility of dying was very real and waiting right at the corner. I asked myself many questions that night. Out of all the most important questions was ‘How do I want to live my life if I will survive this?’ There was only one answer- to paint.

That is how I started painting my Heads series which you can access on my website. A lot of them were painted under my hospital bed.

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