Sand animation

4 Mar

Today’s Friday video is a deeply touching story performed by Kseniya Simonova through sand animation. Although the story is sad, this is truly a beautifully well-crafted piece of art.. Searching for sand art, I came across this winner of the 2009 Ukraine’s Got Talent on Enjoy : )

Video Translation:
Kseniya is telling a story of saddness, loss, love and havoc by recounting the events of Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII. The Great Patriotic War as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed, out of a population of 42 million.. The story begins with a couple sitting under a starry night, then being unsettled by war planes. It continues to be told as seen through the woman’s eye, whom loses her love, becomes old and watches the monument of an Unknown Soldier. The final scene ends with the words, “You are always near”.

About Kseniya Simonova:

via Wikipedia

She is an artist from the Ukraine, but considers herself first to be a mother. She is a very accomplished young woman who attended two universities at once and received very high scores for her choice of specialities: Psychophysiology and Graphics. A year before winning the competition Simonova had to totally reinvent herself. She and her husband’s successful company collapsed with the loss of investors during the 2008 economy crisis. A little depressed, her husband suggested a new art to her. Sand art/animation is not new but not many artists are available for such work. She spent hours at night usually around midnight for practice only allowing herself a few hours of sleep. Simonova uses volcanic sand mixed with salt. When asked why she chose this theme for her performance, she replied “I just want to bring some immortal sense to this show. Not just pictures or video clips. Something close to all hearts…”

She, herself has an amazing story and I suggest reading a little bit about this awesome lady and her form of art.

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