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Olga Lobanova

My work begins with a single dot of ink. It’s the first dot that represents life itself, from inception to completion. There is a first and last dot and the time in between is a free flowing journey of passion.

My brushes are made of a single hair plucked from the tail of a rare squirrel from the Indian subcontinent or shaved from a kitten’s neck. I make my own inks and paints from a myriad of natural materials. My ink is made from the green skins of walnuts or oak galls that I crush and grind myself. When I travel, I gather semi-precious minerals, earth, insects and plants that I then transform into luminous paint.

Each element demands different process; some may take hours and some will take months to prepare. The result is never the same. The use of precious metals, such as 24ct gold, platinum and palladium also are abundant in my work. Using materials that come from nature connects me to the Earth, which enlivens and reminds me that I am part of the Whole. The celebration and recognition of the natural world is humbling.

My compositions unravel organically, just as a garden would grow wild if left unguarded. My materials inspire me. The colourful cliffs that I depict in my landscapes are painted with minerals such as malachite, hematite or azurite. My subject matter is informed by the materials I use. For example, I use plant-based pigments to paint flowers and trees.

Examining patterns of nature is both inspiring and invigorating. I am deeply stimulated by my knowledge and passion of Persian illuminated manuscripts, textiles and poetry. These ancient illustrations, with their jewel-like attention to detail, continue to inspire and engage me in the creation my contemporary miniatures.

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Olga Lobanova – Tadhg Mae

My work begins with a single dot of ink. It’s the first dot that represents life itself, from inception to completion. There is a first and last dot and the time in between is a free flowing journey of passion.

My brushes are made of a single hair plucked from the tail of a rare squirrel from the Indian subcontinent or shaved from a kitten’s neck. I make my own inks and paints from a myriad of natural materials. My ink is made from the green skins of walnuts or oak galls that I crush and grind myself. When I travel, I gather semi-precious minerals, earth, insects and plants that I then transform into luminous paint.

Each element demands different process; some may take hours and some will take months to prepare. The result is never the same. The use of precious metals, such as 24ct gold, platinum and palladium also are abundant in my work. Using materials that come from nature connects me to the Earth, which enlivens and reminds me that I am part of the Whole. The celebration and recognition of the natural world is humbling.

My compositions unravel organically, just as a garden would grow wild if left unguarded. My materials inspire me. The colourful cliffs that I depict in my landscapes are painted with minerals such as malachite, hematite or azurite. My subject matter is informed by the materials I use. For example, I use plant-based pigments to paint flowers and trees.

Examining patterns of nature is both inspiring and invigorating. I am deeply stimulated by my knowledge and passion of Persian illuminated manuscripts, textiles and poetry. These ancient illustrations, with their jewel-like attention to detail, continue to inspire and engage me in the creation my contemporary miniatures.