Monday, June 14, 2010

Amazing Sand Artist from Ukraine

Kseniya Simonova, the 2009 winner of the TV show "Ukraine's Got Talent," is an amazing sand painter. She started drawing with sand after her business collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis.  With less than a year's experience with the medium, she entered the competition and emerged in first place, taking home 1,000,000 Hryvnia (approx. USD125,000).  Her talent is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.  Failures and defeats are just temporary, if we just keep on shooting for the stars!

The 25 year-old artist uses a gigantic light-box and employs dramatic music, sound effects and a large projection screen behind her to create live performances that are poetic and politically charged at the same time. I was amazed and riveted the first time I saw her video... I immediately knew that I was seeing a genuinely gifted artist/storyteller and I had to spread the word.  

Her videos on YouTube are very popular and have received millions of hits.  I can watch her for hours.  Here is an example of her work from on video on YouTube:

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