'To Throw My Message in the Waves' with Elisheva Nesis

'To Throw My Message in the Waves' with Elisheva Nesis

August 22, 2019

Elisheva Nesis has been a full time artist for the last 13 years. She studied Fine Art in Russia (Stavropol Art School) and Israel (Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts). Elisheva obtained her M.A. Degree in writing at the Moscow Literature Institute and D.M. Degree, as well as postgraduate course in psychiatry at the Stavropol Medical Academy.

About 300 of her paintings and drawings are held in private collections and museums in USA, Germany, UK, France, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Austria and Luxembourg. Elisheva has paticipated in four personal exhibitions (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017) and many group exhibitions.

Artist Elisheva Nesis alongside her painting 'Freedom of Choice'


"I have painted all my life. This is my way to communicate with the world. I make art for brainy people. My main interest is looking for signs of mysteries in our life and studying evidence of their penetrations into the real world. Almost all my paintings and books are around this theme. I have also been trying to detect mysterious penetrations in some border individuals. So it was just natural to me to settle in Jerusalem, the most mysterious place in the world. This city has a great influence on my paintings"

What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

Painting is my way to communicate with the world.

How would you describe your own personal style?

Hope, my personal style is rather unique. My surrealistic camp is somewhere between Symbolic expressionism and Psychological symbolism.

What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

I guess it's my former education. The individual was always in the center of my mind. That's why I got a MD in Psychiatry and MA in Literature. Painting and drawing for me are the next level of investigating an individual.

"Smoke Myself Out", Elisheva Nesis, Pencil, 2017


What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

The feeling of an original idea.

Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?

I make art for brainy people. They are my new family, my target-group to coincide with, to check the strength and intensity of sending visual messages.

When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

I'm rather impulsive, so I prefer "quick" mediums - acrylic or pencil.

"First Steps", Elisheva Nesis, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018


When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

I like unusual interactions between different objects, even if they exist only in mine and your mind. The borderland between boring norm and social aggression seems very interesting to me. How to keep your personality, but not become a freak; to find yourself and not to be scared.

Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?

I'm an "owl", so a sunrise is my main enemy.

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

One piece. I can't think about something else 'til I finish the artwork.

Which of your artworks are you most proud?

I have a so called "private collection" - where about a dozen of my paintings reside.

"All That I Need", Elisheva Nesis, Pencil, 2019


Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

I don't admire an artist, I admire some of his/her artworks.

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

Beginning of the XX century. The time of great opportunities and the time of lost opportunities.

"Watch Angel", Elisheva Nesis, Acrylic on Canvas, 2019


What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

Сonjuncture and political correctness kill the Art.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

"Do not trust, do not fear, do not ask"

We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?

Only the feeling that the painting wants to defend itself from a brush.

Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

I believe that the art is a great method to investigate the world.

"Ginger", Elisheva Nesis, Pen and Pencil, 2018


What are you working on at the moment?

I have some series of paintings, which I want to continue. Sometimes it's rather difficult. For example, more than two years ago I started the project "The Ten Plagues of Egypt" (as a part of the "Modern Bible" series) and up to now I have only 4 pieces and 6 more are waiting for the right ideas.

Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?

Never, I'm "The Cat that Walked by Himself". Glory to the Great Internet! I think that the survival of a non-system artist is associated with internet the same as diabetic survival is associated with the invention of insulin. Well, with the adjustment for me being pathetic and the fact that I myself exist in the virtual space with much more comfort than in the real one. Happy that from time to time I can go to the Civilization Ocean and throw my message in the waves.

"Beer Therapy", Elisheva Nesis, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017


When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?

I'm looking forward to show the new solo exhibition "A mile from the center of the Universe" this November in the gallery of Bible Nature Museum in Jerusalem.

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