Six questions for
Terra Neidorf

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Terra Neidorf.

Artist Terra Neidorf
Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine
Website https://terraneidorf.art/

How do you describe your own art practice?

I am multidisciplinary artist, work with performance, photography, video, mixed media.
The use of natural materials, artistic expressions in the open air, childlike attachment to Mother Nature led me to land art. Currently, I am interested in a more ecological expression with a less materially interested background. The marginal position of land art in relation to the commercialization of art attracts rather than repels me. However, I seek to give this direction an opportunity to compete with the still dominant classical art forms.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I explore the fragility of life, impermanence versus conditional eternity, and the eternal that has no meaning. Such reflections are related to the themes of Life and Death, as well as the theme of Nature.

What was your first experience with art?

I was not born in a creative family. I remember when I was a child, I heard my father’s story about an exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre. He spoke with indignation and disgust about a cow whose entrails had been emptied. Of course, it was the work of Damian Hirst. I remember very well how, without seeing that installation with my own eyes, I imagined it in such detail and felt something inside me. It was a delight! From that moment I was in love with art.
Many years passed before I came to create art myself.
I started with classical painting, then there were works in mixed media, and now land art and environmental art.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Sometimes I am inspired by pain, sometimes by rage. If there is an issue that worries me, I have to work on it, but through the prism of a child.
Having a connection with nature since childhood, I try not to lose this ability and not to become too adult, that is, one who for the sake of personal selfish intentions neglects respect for the Earth. That is why I often turn my thoughts to the past, when I was more pure and look for my childhood adventures, actions, feelings, analyzes them and use them in further projects. This technique helps me express myself on serious topics.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Landscape, soil, sometimes a shovel or a bucket.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Recently, I got acquainted with the work of the wonderful photographer Artem Humilevskyi. I am amazed by his series of self-portraits “Giant”.
In his works, the giant turns to self-irony, nevertheless, photographing himself in the nude, artist lives moments of self-acceptance.
It’s worth seeing! Because my comments cannot convey the depth of Artem’s photographs.

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