Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

I implore you to step into a magical world filled with personified characters, dreamlike states, and ornate nature inspired cut paper illustrations created by talented Ukrainian artist Eugenia Zoloto. Her works contain an enchanting beauty about them, allowing you to be lost in their ornate yet delicate landscapes, detailed layered reliefs and winding patterned vines and flowers. Amazing to see such incredible talent from an artist who has only just began only a few years ago, so please enjoy our interview with her!

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Tell us a little more about your background – what path led you to what you are doing now?
I discovered paper cutting a few years ago, and was impressed by the tender tiny cuts and different ways of using paper. So I immediately tried to do one with simple knife and not the correct paper, the result was ugly, but I loved the process so much – so I began to struggle with this hobby more and more. Soon after I saw a lot of interest from other people and finally turned my hobby into my profession.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Your works are so extremely delicate and immensely detailed and seem to have an underlying theme of motifs based around fantastical worlds, dreams and nature. How did you come up with this particular direction in your work?
I’ve read a lot my entire life and I think the main images and ideas were formed from romantic and at the same time dramatic, noir Russian literature. I am still amazed by it. Of course there are many other factors – my life, art, and society influence me as well. I take on inspiration from everywhere – strange dreams, spots on the wall, beautiful songs, etc.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Is there something that you are currently working on, or that you are excited about starting that you can tell us about?
At the moment I have some great ideas in my head, but I can’t begin to try them out, because I do not have so much time right now. But I hope to have more after holidays. So we will see.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Is there anything in your childhood that inspired you to do what you do today?
As I said before, there were a lot of books! But also my grannies were a great inspiration, they were very hard-working, had big families, and I often saw them creating handmade art. They sewed doll dresses for me, made amazing national Ukrainian embroideries on the cloth, and also knit home decor. I loved to watch them so much and till this day have an affair with embroidery.

What can we expect to see in your future works?
I never know where they will lead. I try different ways of self-expression. I have made commercial illustrations, book covers, home decorations, and have taken part in several exhibitions. At last I have had the chance to work with one amazing international shop that does holiday decorations, I hope to see it in 2017.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

What does a typical day involve for you? What tools do you use?
Oh, my days sometimes are crazy. I can wake up at 6 a.m, make breakfast, take my child to kindergarten, then visit the gym, then in a hurry take care of things around the house, make dinner and supper, trying to make cut paper art, take photos of my work, and then at 4 p.m. take my child from kindergarten for a walk and to the post office, have some fun at home or in the activity center, and then finally after all the evening procedures, when my daughter is in bed I can start cutting again. For me, it is the best time for creativity, so I can go to bed late at night.

The tools I usually use for cutting: only resin mat and X-acto knife.

Often these days are very exhausting but I am very happy, when can do a lot of things. I feel alive.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Who is your favorite artist from any time and why?
So many of them and so different styles. Between them are Bosch, Chagall, Renoir, Van Gogh, Miro, Degas, Sezane, Dali, Frida, Vrubel , Matisse, Modigliani, Klimt, Schiele … I love them all for their personality, the way they express themselves art, their fearlessness, and their passion.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

If you could work with any artist dead or alive who would that be and why?
How can I choose? It would be awesome to work with all whom I mentioned before and maybe I can distinguish Russian artist Mikhail Vrubel. I am so impressed by his mystic motives, the secrecy in eyes of the personages. I saw his large paintings in museums and couldn’t take my eyes off them.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

What is your weirdest habit?
While cutting I can hold breath for a long time or take an uncomfortable posture and after finishing my work my head aches, or my hand just because I can’t control it while working. I don’t know if this is a habit or something else.

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Is there anymore information you would like to share with our viewers?

I will write a little piece of advice: Struggle with your fears and do what you love!

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Thank you Eugenia for taking the time to answer our questions and share your work and great advice with us! It’s truly inspiring to read about your path and how you came to be the amazing paper artist you are today. You can follow Eugenia on Instagram @Eugenia_Zoloto and purchase her beautiful works on Etsy. To our viewers, be sure to post below with your thoughts and if you know of any artists that work in the realm of paper that you would like to be interviewed be sure to shoot us an e-mail.

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