Elmira Herren

"When I start working on a new drawing, I expect nothing but a harmonious creation."

Her Name is Gayfury - Paper, ink, pen 59.4 x 84.1 cm

"When I was a schoolgirl, I used to draw in math class. Then my classmates became interested in my drawings, and it became impossible to continue. Later I realized that I should have taken a special course in drawing, and I spent many years studying professionally.

I used my drawing skills as an interior designer, decorating apartments, restaurants, boutiques and salons. At the same time, I was constantly immersed in drawing, sometimes having personal exhibitions.

One day I happened to read Bhagavata Purana and it said that demigods (inhabitants of higher planets in the universe) travel in airships made of flowers. I was very amazed! It made me think a lot, and I tried to picture it all in my head. That's how my first sketches came about. People were interested in them and I continued with the series of drawings.

Each flower is a complete, perfect form or system representing a certain type of character. Its sacred geometry determines the number of its petals, twigs and curves. And in terms of describing beauty, a flower is the perfect harmonious form of existence. Perhaps this is the form that the Devas (demigods) use to fly to the higher levels of the universe.

When you turn to drawing and want to express an idea with such simple means as paper and pen, you never see the whole picture at once.

Usually, there is one clear idea, such as a character or some specific traits, and the details emerge as you create. Often, the best drawings come when you are "blank." Then the idea encompasses you, and the creation process begins. The background music, its tempo and tone, and the chanting of mantras can play a big role here. As a result, you come up with characters and their traits, imagine how they move, think about their lifestyles and aspirations. Then you move on to habits and interests, but you never get hung up on details, because they are always unpredictable and unmanageable.

When I start working on a new drawing, I expect nothing but a harmonious creation."

Rahimuil the dog's high-speed carriage - Paper, ink, pen 59,4 x 84,1 cm
Sailboat from Mickey's Poodle Collection - Paper, ink, pen 59,4 x 84,1 cm
Wheel of Time - Paper, ink, pen 59,4 x 84,1 cm
Water Scooter - Paper, ink, pen 59,4 x 84,1 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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