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Mariam Saknelashvili | Oli's interviews
Author : Oli Kvateladze

Tell us how a French philology student became interested in art?


Since I was a child, I spent most of my time at home, so I wanted to use that period for some creative activity. I was trying to devote my free time to the handicrafts, I was looking at different ideas and I was wondering if I would come up with one. I was drawing, sculpting, modelling in clay, I wanted to try out everything, regardless the final result. The more time I spent in this world of mine, the closer and more enjoyable it became to me.

What materials do you use to create artworks?

At first, I used to draw with a pen, then scanned the work and coloured it in Digital, then my interests grew, I thought it was not enough, and so I started working in acrylic paints on wood. I had pieces of old parquet during the quarantine, I thought, what will happen if I try?! One turned out fine, then I tried again and realized it was a good working method. Then I ran out of the pieces of wood and switched to cardboard, I finally tried watercolour paint and now I think it fits my style the best.

When did you become interested in medieval painting?

During the pandemic I started to use social networks rationally, in the modern era everything is much simpler, I wanted to expand my horizons, during this period I came across many important pages I joined and found new topics there. Fascinated by medieval iconography, I found a connection and liked the characters involved in the story, even though I watched the torture scenes, happiness still came from them, as if it had to happen, and the confluence of such conflicting feelings impressed me a lot.

What do you think distinguishes your signature painting style?

I do not think my style is distinctive, moreover, it is completely ordinary to me. Every person has their own inner world that is different from others, perhaps this sets them apart in both their style and working methods.

What is the inspiration of your work?

The source of inspiration is what I am fascinated with in that moment, be it a classic picture or a biblical story. I especially like the biblical parables, where different interesting stories unfold; then I improvise. My works let me know if the composition is missing anything or is complete. Sometimes, I incorporate objects I am surrounded with, or the moments I’ve caught, but I try to put it all in a perfect harmony with one another. I want this wholeness to be of an aesthetic beauty, as well as tell an interesting story.