Lizi Kikava – Emotional Creatures

by Keto Shurghaia

Lizi Kikava is a Georgian artist from new generation, who is based in Tbilisi. Her works are really distinguished by individuality. You can notice a silhouette on the painting in a sec, but this is not a minimalist painting, where you can see only marked objects. The author herself says, that those silhouettes are only human-like objects and not identical to them. They are like a representation of emotions, the processes of explosion which is formed in those creatures’ visuals. The paintings are only oriented to create the palette of emotions like abstract expressionism, but unlike this art direction, Lizi’s art is very geometric and soothing.

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Lizi, tell me more about yourself…

I was interested in art from I was a kid, I don’t even remember exact time, when I have started doing this. It was like an unconscious game and from time to time I started playing this game more often and with more serious. I had times, when I didn’t have any attraction for painting and my distancing from doing art sometimes lasted for months. But I see those times as a searching period for myself, which always come to the culmination and prepare you for the new beginning. Despite pause, I didn’t think too much about my future profession, because I realize very soon that I was ready to give my most of the time to the painting.

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Who are the characters of your painting?

I am always oriented on humans no matter what period I have in my life, but in my mind, those characters are more just creatures who have close connection to humans, but there are still some boundaries, which separate them from each other. Those creatures are emotionally unstable, because they are the result of only feelings and emotions. This is the reason of their existence and movement.

I think, that your characters changes because of your changes. Can we say that, because of it, those paintings are your auto-portraits?

I think, that changes in private life and modification in creative life are in strong correlation. Not every change has effect on my art, but somehow my present style is the result of the radical transformations, which gave me inspiration for seeing and rediscovering myself from the beginning. The ongoing processes in my brain, which find existence throw my hand on my painting – those are the auto-portraits of different stages of my life.

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What environment or emotional state do you need for painting?

For me it is important to be alone and concentrate on what I am doing, which is very natural. But there are moments, when the desire of painting something is so big, that I can get along without this requirement. I have my favorite room, where I feel the most comfortable. I would take it with me everywhere if it was possible. Although I need some special space for painting, I don’t need to feel comfortable with my emotions. Discomfort is stronger feeling and for me it is formed like an inspiration.

What intentions do you have for your future work?

Every new painting starts in my brain. I can see completed imaginary piece of art with its idea, composite distribution, dynamic of figures and colors. So, my main goal is to make real painting as I see it in my thoughts.

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What inspires you the most?

Basically, inspiration comes from everyday life’s simple things: from the places, from the scenes I have seen, especially from the spoken words and from other artists. Often, I get inspiration from myself and from what I have felt.

Can you tell me more about your favorite piece?

I often change my attitude to the paintings. There are times, when I want to watch closely every details and sometimes the opposite happens – I don’t want to see any of them. I cannot pick one of them, because always in every painting there is some detail I like and some I dislike so much. Also, every piece of my art is like my memories, they are related to different stages of my life, so I think that complex perception, how those creatures and backgrounds interact is the most important.

Future plans…

I am working on new series for last two years, which I want to represent in the near future by solo exhibition.

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