This summer time the 13-year-old Elisabeth Anisimow spent her summer time trip on the dacha — portray a picture of the Transfiguration of Christ on a village chapel.
Born to Russian dad and mom in Los Angeles, Elisabeth (Liza) Anisimow confirmed an curiosity in artwork at an early age. When she was nonetheless a toddler, her mom would take her and her older brother to the magnificent St. Petersburg museums, the place Liza would spend a very long time gazing on the artwork. It was about that point that she first tried drawing, and it was instantly apparent that she had expertise. Though she has by no means had any formal coaching, the primary public sale of her works befell solely 5 years later throughout a fundraising occasion in Los Angeles. Now, aged 13, she is a hard-working, globe-trotting and internationally acknowledged artwork prodigy, with a stunningly numerous creative expertise below her belt and an internet site of her works.
French traditions, fashionable execution
Across the age of 9, Elisabeth acquired impressed by the French custom of tableaux vivants and works of Pierre-Auguste Renoire and Claude Monet. Elizabeth’s signature fashion as we speak is to combine portray on dwell fashions right into a painted setting that she created.
Her most important work of this type was created in 2019, when Elisabeth was invited to make a big residing artwork set up, titled Christmas Muse Backyard, for the Ok11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. The work took greater than eight months to organize, and Liza spent six weeks in Hong Kong earlier than the opening. After the launch of the challenge in Hong Kong the artist additionally held a sequence of dwell portray session in Ok11 Musea house.
Elisabeth gave an unorthodox rendition of the Christmas winter ambiance, with the solar shining over fancy unicorns and no signal of conventional reindeer. “It was a really colourful Christmas competition,” she remembers. “Snowballs have been falling from a blue summer time sky. It was enjoyable! It was a distinct sort of magic!” she advised The Moscow Occasions.
The artist significantly likes to color her face and says it’s as thrilling as a theatrical efficiency. “It’s a bit like making an attempt on a brand new identification, or exhibiting the internal me, which I don’t usually expose. And a brand new face sort of lets me do no matter I like with out being acknowledged!” she stated.
A village chapel
Liza sometimes spends her summer time holidays in St. Petersburg, the place her mom Yekaterina grew up. This yr within the Pristan village not removed from St. Petersburg, Elisabeth obtained a request that was very completely different from what she had performed earlier than. She was requested to color the topic of Transfiguration on the entrance panel of chapel within the close by Klyukoshitsy village. Within the Pristan village they’ve an extended custom of celebrating the Apple Feast of the Savior, which commemorate the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, and the panel was particularly significant to them. The St. Frol & St Laurence church is the closest to Pristan village, and the icon on the entrance of the church had virtually vanished as a consequence of getting older.
“I used to be a bit frightened at first, such severe work is a good accountability, so I stated no,” Liza stated. However the real encouragement of the village residents together with a blessing of the priest quickly made the artist rethink and settle for the supply.
“We talked all the things via, and everybody supported me,” she recalled. “The priest was actually supportive and really particular concerning the art work. He confirmed me many particular spiritual items to provide me an thought of what they wanted, and he additionally made certain I didn’t add an excessive amount of of my creativeness to it.”
In the long run, though she didn’t stray from the canons, Elisabeth did carry her optimistic coloration palette into the piece. The priest and the village residents are more than happy with the end result.
A St. Petersburg ball
Liza’s subsequent challenge is a ball for 50 “painted” individuals in St. Petersburg. “I need to do an artwork efficiency with 50 costumes which I might create for 50 characters, and I need to be amongst them myself,” she stated. “I’m fascinated about a sort of ball with intricate costumes, designs, maybe, paper wigs…however I received’t inform you all about it! I hope to do it in St. Petersburg, and hopefully earlier than November. The structure is gorgeous right here. I have already got an image of it in my thoughts.”
As a self-taught artist, Elisabeth by no means obtained a classical arts coaching. She wish to research in a up to date arts college in Japan or Berlin when she grows up. “I like portray as a result of I can specific myself simply,” she stated.
“There are such a lot of completely different colours, methods to indicate what I’m feeling, to carry to a bit of paper the issues that I see in my thoughts.”
The essence of her artwork is, she says, “Escape from actuality”: whimsical, shiny, imaginative, a feast of coloration and emotion. “My artwork could appear infantile in a manner, as a result of it is rather playful, however alternatively it’s an effective way for adults to journey again to their childhood, to its happiest moments.”
For extra about Elisabeth Anisimow and her works, see her website.