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Subsign Spotlight #112: Margarita Bodarev.

Subsign: First, can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Margarita: I’m 34 y.o. Romanian artist born in Moldova where I spent most of my childhood. I’m also the youngest of my two siblings. I’ve always been attracted to art and this passion has followed me into adulthood.

Subsign: What was your childhood like? Do you think your childhood experiences have influenced your present creative endeavors?

Margarita: I had a pretty normal childhood compared to other kids around me and of course considering those times standards. I grew up in a village in Moldova, immediately after the fall of the USSR most of the families struggled financially, therefore the main mood the grownups had was to provide.

Despite the material and financial lacks, I felt very rich emotionally, creative and very busy with my own thoughts. My childhood definitely influenced my passion for painting, it set up the background that I was able later to rediscover and it fed the need to express myself.

I don’t have them dated, but the drawings I’ll show you are from when I was 11 – 18 years old.

Subsign: What did you want to be as a grown up?

Margarita: I didn’t have an answer for that for a very long time. Nothing seemed to fit my personality, my need for “connected disconnection”. I was longing for spending time with my peers but at the same time desperately needed time with and for myself. I was getting bored fast of the same activities and constantly looking for something new to discover. Becoming an artist was definitely not an option back then.

Subsign: What does your workstation look like?

Subsign: Do you have a work style? How would you describe it?

Margarita: I mainly work with watercolors so I like the gentleness and the fluidity that is going on on paper. I mainly depict women and try to catch the mood and the feeling behind the figure, eyes and hands often help me to describe it better. I like to paint gentle, vulnerable, exposed women, I want to bring forward these features as qualities, something valuable and not the other way around. I want people to speak up for their feelings and embrace them as they are.

Subsign: Can you share with us how your creative process works?

Margarita: My creative process is never the same. It depends a lot on how I feel or what I want to share. Usually, I look around for inspirational photo sessions, interesting photo portraits and I extract and highlight what interests me more in my own work. Other times I make collages on my work from different sources in order to create that particular composition I want.

Subsign: What is your favorite work you have done so far?

Margarita: I don’t have a favorite one. I like bits of many of my paintings. Maybe it doesn’t sound good, but I’m never fully satisfied with my work entirely. But I always hope my next one will be much better. I guess this also drives the progress.

Subsign: Who do you follow for inspiration?

Margarita: The internet is an unlimited source of inspiring artists. One of my very favorites is Brazilian watercolorist Marcos Beccari.

Subsign: What advice would you give to someone starting out in the creative field of work.

Margarita: There is nothing to be afraid of. And there is nothing to lose as well. Everybody had a bumpy start so you just need courage and perseverance and hard work of course.

Subsign: If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Margarita: To heal people’s wounds, to eradicate suffering and injustice.

Subsign: Can you recommend a book, a song and a movie, for our readers?

Margarita: “Crime and punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevky

“My sweet and tender beast” waltz by Eugen Doga

“Don’t move” by Sergio Castellitto

Subsign: If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what special occasion would you choose?

Margarita: I don’t like to throw parties as I don’t like to attract attention to myself and I am not a very good host as well :). But I’m delighted to attend any.

Subsign: What famous people would you invite to the party and why?

Margarita: I guess you did not expect that some people don’t like to organize parties :).

Thank you, Margarita, for being a part of our Spotlight!

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For more of  Margarita‘s work, you can follow her work on the links: Margarita on Instagram, Margarita on Pinterest.


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