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Camberwell College of Arts interview with Valeriya N-Georg

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MA Printmaking Valeriya N-Georg investigates the representation of the invisible through fragments of the physical body.

CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

VN: I really enjoyed my two years at Camberwell. The first year I spent experimenting and playing with all the printmaking techniques trying to find something unique and original that I would fall in love with using the amazing workshops. And the second year I concentrated working with my newly born technique and my subject of work, listening to the tutors advice.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

VN: The subject matter of my work is the ultimate mystery of the relationship between the physical human body and the inner self (or the human spirit). Within my practice I am investigating the representation of the invisible through fragments of the physical body. I am interested in exploring the boundaries between the inner and outer body; between the physical and metaphysical; tangible and intangible, by exploring the tactile and the optical image.

CCA: What are you showcasing in your degree show?

VN: The works I am creating and showcasing are monotype prints on a gel medium presented on a light box, thus combining media and pushing the boundaries of printmaking. The light box presentation illuminates the ink print made upon the gel surface and conveys a sense of a medical forensic examination on the surgeon’s table. I am showcasing a sculpture and large-scale digital collage prints as well, all made from my monotype prints on layered gel.

CCA: What was your inspiration?

VN: I am inspired mostly by scientific and medical sources such as neuroscience and consciousness studies, but also from philosophy and theology. Spending many hours in museum collections about the human body has played a big role in the development of my art too.

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

VN: First, I will continue creating work in my studio and apply for exhibitions nationally and internationally. My main aim is to get in touch with institutions like the Wellcome Trust and the Hunterian Museum, as I would like to apply for residencies there. To get in touch with scientists interested in collaborations with a visual artist like me is also one of my ambitions.

CCA: Any advice for fellow students?

VN: Focus on your subject as early as possible and use the very helpful advice from the tutors, and especially from the course leader Johanna Love. She is amazingly supportive and helpful.