Ksenia believes that her job is to perform magic, as this term perfectly describes the outcome of manipulating plain supplies such as threads, beads, and tiny plastic or metal pieces, while also exploring cultural, historical, environmental, social, and political contexts.
Ksenia Semirova is a hand embroidery artist whose creations have caught the eye of art enthusiasts with their unique and captivating qualities. Exploring the depths of emotions and blending various contexts, her artwork offers viewers a journey into the realm of personal experience, dreams, and memories. With an MA in Textiles from the University of Brighton and a portfolio exhibited in group shows across the UK, Europe, and America, Ksenia is gaining both local and international recognition, as well as a growing following.
Meticulous attention to details, delicate textures, and an expressive blend of colour are distinguishing characteristics of Ksenia’s art practice. The use of colour, indeed, is one of the defining aspects of Ksenia's embroidery. She blends different shades and hues, creating vibrant and eye-catching designs. Whether it's a floral motif or a lettering composition, Ksenia's use of colour adds depth and dimension to her artwork, making it come alive.
Gaining inspiration from a multitude of sources allows Ksenia to explore a vast array of creative ideas. However, nature, with its vibrant colors and organic shapes, plays a significant role in her practice. She often incorporates floral motifs and other elements of the natural world into her embroidery, creating pieces that evoke a sense of tranquility and beauty.
The rich history of embroidery is another source of inspiration. Ksenia draws from traditional techniques and motifs, paying homage to the craft's roots while infusing it with her own contemporary flair. By blending the old with the new, Ksenia creates artwork that feels both familiar and fresh, bridging the gap between tradition and modernity.
Ksenia's art practice goes beyond mere aesthetics. Each piece carries a deeper meaning, often reflecting the social, cultural, and emotional contexts in which it was created. She uses embroidery as a medium to explore themes such as identity, social agenda, and more. By incorporating elements of her own experiences, she aims to create a dialogue with the audience. Her visual practice becomes a tool for storytelling, allowing her to express herself and connect with others on a deeper level.
The artistic body of work demonstrates ability to convey emotional depth, her skills, and creativity. Inviting viewers to make connections with her artistic interpretation of cultural, historical, environmental, social, and political contexts, her style and attention to detail distinguish her as an emerging star in the realm of textile and embroidery art.
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