Friday, November 17, 2017

Kateryna Kulyzhka

Photo Courtesy Of Kateryna Kulyzhka 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born and raised in Ukraine, the second year of my country independence from Russia. But I always imagined myself living in Italy though. I moved to Paris in my sweet 16. Then after two weeks I went to Milan, then flew to Tokyo. After that I went to NYC, and it’s where I currently live (something in this order, hope you’re following).

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
The energy, possibilities and the people. New York has its own filter. If someone stays here for more than two years, they're a real fighter.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
My mom. While I was growing up she kept on changing her life. She still does. Every couple of years she wants to change everything and find herself again in something new. Psychology or dance, yoga or law. My multidisciplinary (ways) is all her fault.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
When I started to live on my own and wondering what I really wanted from this life.

WHY MODEL AND DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST EVER SHOOT?
Of course. Paris, "Jalouse". I recently shot with the photographer from that story and we had so much fun remembering the time, especially when she was trying to explain something to me using body language (I didn'tt speak a word of English), and recalling what has changed since then - which is a lot!

WHY ART AND WHAT'S YOUR PREFFERED MEDIUM?
I’m a big art lover, and actually, I have always been. When I finished an art school I was way too young. I couldn’t understand why I had to draw some cubes and skeletons instead of just picking up something from my mind. It came much later when I started to sketch human bodies and fell in love with it.

AND CURATION?
On my bucket list, I got a lot related to art, and it’s one of the things. The beauty of understanding an artist’s mind, the story they are telling us and their background. Giving this message to society. It’s like with words: there are times when you clearly understand what a person is talking about by the words the person is using. And there are times when words don’t exactly mean what you hear. There's a bigger meaning and message behind them.
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WHY MUSIC?
How could you live without music? It’s surrouns us. I knew that if I was able to understand the process of writing, composing and simply playing, I’d be so happy and proud of myself because I’d be able to speak that language. The language of music. I felt it was my missing part, a desire that followed me for a long time.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
I would say it’s light, bright and easy listening music. Indie-pop-electro vibes. Feels good vibes!

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE THROUGH YOUR LYRICS?
The key word is purpose. When your mind is wondering, looking for an answer and understanding feelings, where they are coming from and why. Are you happy with your life? What is missing? How do you feel about someone special? Do you have that person? It’s a little (or not that little) trip into your deepest self.

IS THERE A SONG OR MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
It changes. Right now, “Two Weeks” by FKA twigs

WHAT OR WHO HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
I have couple friends who are so brilliant in what they do - both in art and music, and I guess in everyday random articles and not so random artists' talks and meetings that make you set higher goals. Some that look completely impossible at first sight. But then it feels amazing when you challenge yourself.

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Putting my mind in creative mode and go! Stop, look around, continue the journey.

HOW WOULDYOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
It goes from almost bohemian and classy to your boyfriend jeans and I don’t care style  It’s a mix of pretty much all of that. In New York, you can never go wrong. You can be in any place dressed out in a fab black dress and heels or going in a different direction with boots, lazy jeans and a shirt.

HOW DO YOU GET STAGE READY ANY BEAUTY RITUALS YOU SWEAR BY?
Sleep nine hours a day, drink tons of water, fave music in the headphones, morning or afternoon workout...You feel great.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
It’s never a day off. Was just thinking about it. I wish I could live the same exact day over four or five times. I always have to many plans: what to read ,which art show to see, where to paint random people, talk to my mom, go for a run, do yoga, or crazy workouts with my trainer, play piano, start a new course, go to the library - I haven’t been in a while, meditate or write something down, check my stocks situation. And yes, there are so many places and things to get inspired by.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
Focus on the things that I need to do right now and just do them...­čĺ»percent.

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