As I mentioned yesterday, transient art fascinates me. I sometimes become frustrated while writing and entertain the thought of pressing the delete key on my files. But I know I have back-ups, so it would be unlikely my work would be irretrievable. I’ve done it with knitting, though, when I’ve spent months knitting a particular pattern, put it aside over summer, and then the following autumn I’ve changed my mind–I’ve frogged the entire thing, reclaimed the yarn, and started something new.
Imagine creating a work of art with the express purpose of letting it go when you’re finished. Imagine working in a medium that is transient, that you cannot preserve. Imagine completing a perfect cycle–perfect balance between creating and destroying.
Kseniya Simonova is an amazingly talented performance artist who uses sand as her medium. She took a risk when she performed an emotionally-charged animation about a couple separated by the second world war as her entry in Ukraine’s Got Talent. Kseniya went on to win the competition.
Have a tissue box handy when you watch:
You can see more of Kseniya’s performances on her official YouTube channel.
Ilana Yahav is another well-known sand artist, from Israel. You can watch clips of Ilana’s performances on her website.
How about you? Have you played with sand? Tried to create art with it? I find it a very difficult medium.
Elle Carter Neal is the author of the picture book I Own All the Blue and the teen science-fantasy novel Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, holding childhood slumber-party audiences entranced until the early hours of the morning. Elle decided to be an author the day she discovered that real people wrote books and that writing books was a real job.