- Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kate Frizalis and I am an artist currently living and working in Tel Aviv. I was born in 1986 in Moscow and graduated from the All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov (2004-2010). I studied at the Department of Art and Animation. In 2013 I decided to leave all of my relatives and friends and I moved to the country where the words are written backwards (Israel). I work in various media such as painting on canvas, sketches, and graphics on paper, street art, muralism, digital and video art. I constantly participate in a variety of art projects, exhibitions of underground and independent art, collaborations with different design projects. My works are in private collections in the U.S., Europe, Russia, Israel, and other countries.
- How did you come to be the artist that you are today?
I was born into a family of artists. I remember myself from when I was three years old. My toys have always been paint, markers, colored pencils, and paper. When I was a teenager, we lived in a small industrial city near Moscow. There were no museums or galleries in it, the only art around was graffiti on fences and abandoned factories. For me it was like an open-air museum; independent, peculiar, and bold. There were many books about classical art in my home, as my parents are artists, but I was always more inspired by street culture. I managed to try and take part in very different areas of art: graffiti, the creation of animated films, set design, fashion design, video art, photography, illustration, classical painting. Intuitively trying different visual languages and materials, I came to what I am doing now.
- What is the name of the artwork you created for Mindspace and the year you created it?
In 2018 I created four abstract murals and painted forty flower pots for Mindspace TLV. I also painted three abstract paintings on canvas for Mindspace Amsterdam. All of the works I created are “No name.”
- Please describe the artwork and how you created it (materials, techniques, etc.). How long did it take to create? What was your work process?
When I did abstract murals, first of all, I did many sketches, studies and digital sketches which help me to play with the composition and colors. I painted doors of huge electrical cabinets with special water-based paint, spray paint and markers. I always had my partner Denis helping me to paint, we did everything together and had a lot of fun. I don’t remember how long it took us to finish everything, but we worked hard, intensely and quick.
- How is the finished project different from what you expected when you started?
It was just as great as I expected, maybe even better.
- What did you learn from the project that you want to take with you into your future work?
During the project, I discovered some new forms that then became one of my favorite; some new color combinations, some new materials, new ideas, and thoughts. It was a really great and interesting experience! I learned a lot from this project and now I’m already using all that I have learned in my new art.
- What inspires you? What inspired this piece/idea?
Colors, impermanence, travels, music, imperfection, spontaneity, absurdity, streets, freedom, youth, people, languages, big cactuses.. everything. I’m very interested in textures as well, the textures of the walls on the street, some splashes, marks, ragged posters, walls covered with graffiti, building, architecture, maybe some trash or textures of wood, stones… I use everything for inspiration. My paintings are like big collages from different bits of all my life, and I mix them in an abstract way. Abstraction is always more interesting for me, because it’s not something specific, it’s more like a mix of different things. Many times we get caught up in our names, ages, jobs, titles.. but it’s not really who we are. I think everything is always more than the name of it. So abstraction helps me to create something bigger than that. I think abstraction contains a lot of different meanings, so you don’t have to focus on just one. Because of this, I like abstraction, and because of this, I think it’s great to see things in an abstract way.
- Who are your biggest influences?
Life, people, cats, dinosaurs!
- What is your favorite work you have created and why?
I always become completely absorbed in what I’m working on at the moment and in the moment it seems to me that this is the best I’ve done… but then I start something new …
- What kind of materials do you prefer to work with?
I like to use several materials at once. I get so excited and inspired from acrylic, spray paints, sometimes scraps of paper, sewing, colored pencils, markers, oil paint. For walls, I prefer acrylic paint, spray paint and markers. Sometimes some material is soluble or dominant. I like to use baking tools to squeeze oil paint onto the canvas. Sometimes I just buy some brushes for cleaning and paint with it and acrylic paint. So my favorite technique is to play with different materials and textures.
- What do you like most about being an artist?
I experience life through art. Being an artist I look at our life like an alien as if I didn’t know anything about the meanings behind concepts and things. It’s about freedom I think, to be free of all these meanings. It’s hard to describe, it’s just my way of living, my way of interaction with inner self and the world. Everything is so inspiring, so different, so special… imperfect. Beautiful. Strange. Unexpected. Colorful. It’s very interesting to watch it, take it in and make art from it. I don’t know how to live another way and I’m so happy to be an artist.
- How does it feel to see your artwork on the wall once it’s complete?
I feel both happy with my completed work, and tired.
(Photos taken by Kate Frizalis and Denis Frizalis)