We’re revisiting our favorite Russian wood nymph, Alexandra Dvornikova. Residing in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Dvornikova spends her days creating and sharing her talents. Her artwork is infused with her love of nature. She creates in a space where no eyes can see her, private and invisible to an audience until the piece is done. As a digital artist, Dvornikova comprises her work with her imagination, memories, bytes of information, and endless pixels.
Dvornikova’s mother has always been a huge influence in her life. She raised her daughter in her own experimental way, speaking to her like an adult. They openly discussed art, death, sex, and injustice.
“My mother had (and still has) a very special position and relationship with nature. I took a flower from the ground and she blamed me for killing this flower. She told me it was a feeling and living creature, and I stopped its life. There were certain rules about foraging plants with respect to nature.”
The city has never inspired Dvornikova. If she could, she would work in a cozy cabin located in a Finnish/Karelian forest with a spacious separate room for making art, with a large desk, a good storage system, and access to nature. She would start her day by walking in the woodlands.
“I love to sleep too much. I always feel guilty because I’m missing real life, preferring to nap and watch dreams in my free time. If no one forces me to wake up, I can spend almost a whole day dreaming.”
Dvornikova keeps to her routine, waking late and doing her chores. Afterward she draws throughout the day with periodic breaks. She revels in her introvert life, enjoying her ability to sketch/draw/create something every day.
Dvornikova spends her nights drawing until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. It’s not always possible with her family, but she prefers this way of working.
Do you believe in ghosts?
“In some sense, I believe in spirits, but not ghosts.”
“I’m sure there must be a life in the universe, but I’m very skeptical about visits.”
What is your idea of happiness?
“To be in one’s true place and be true to one’s self.”
While they’re difficult to translate from Russian, Dvornikova enjoys the three following phrases:
1. “Eyes are afraid, but hands are doing the job.” Probably it’s close to “just do it” instead of thinking how scared you are.
2. You won’t ever make anything “too perfect.”
3. И так сойдет! means “That is fine” in a sense of “Done is better than perfect,” but with more humor in it.
Stay connected with Alexandra Dvornikova’s magical work on Instagram.