On 28 April, a public lecture about fine arts took place at University Building № 3 as a part of the project called “Del arte Club” organised by the VSU Centre of Culture. The lecture presented by Irina Voroshina, a member of the Union of Russian Artists, a member of the Union of Designers of Russia, many-fold participant of regional, national, and international exhibitions, was named "Decorative still-life".
'I call myself an artist because I do art as a career. I’ve chosen still-life painting as a topic for our meeting today because all my works have things that can be found around us,’ said Irina Voroshina.
And it is true – round-bellied tea pots, coffee mills, sea shells, apples and pears can be seen on different materials: silk, copper, glass, and canvass. They create a cosy and homely atmosphere characteristic of all works by Irina Voroshina. The speaker used works of outstanding Russian and international artists to show the main stylization techniques used in decorative still-life. She also explained that stylization (conventional representation of reality) is the basis for a decorative still-life. There are a lot of different stylization techniques: simplification, exaggeration, dividing an object into geometrical shapes, and the play of colours.
'Every still-life expresses a mood. A trigger can be a word: tragedy, joy, excitement, or dance! As a result a still-life becomes an illustration of a feeling. And if what we can see is in line with the idea it is real art. You have to breathe life into your work and show your vision of the world and your feelings. At the same time, you have to comply with picture composition rules: positioning the centre of interest, subordination of secondary elements to the main elements, symmetry, balance, and dynamics. This is the secret of art,' said Irina Voroshina.
Irina Voroshina works with decorative painting, batik, enamel on copper, and glass fusing. The artist talked in detail about the technology of every kind of art and showed photographs of her works. In different periods of life she uses different techniques and different materials to incarnate her vision and thus she broadens her understanding of the surrounding world and help other people see ordinary things from a new perspective.