Art Lift - Nov 07 2020
Left-Handed Art, Right-Handed Science Fairy Tale Painter
Inga Paltser. When you look at her photos and warm illustrations, you would never guess that such an elegant woman who looks straight out of a movie screen is a renowned Russian doctor of genetics.
Growing up in a family with a long tradition of art, Inga began to show her talent at an early age.
When other children went to kindergarten, she grew up alongside the beautiful paintings of her mother and the delicate handwork of her grandmother.
While others struggled to recite the Cyrillic alphabet, she pondered over difficult art books, admiring Bryulov and the famous neoclassical paintings.
While other kids scrawled with crayons, Inga was already creating with no restrictions on whatever material she could get her hands on.
When she was in junior high school, many of her classmates began asking her to decorate their notebooks and hand books for them, becoming her first fans.
This childhood experience impacted Inga's life greatly.
Today she is still the same child who can paint anything, boldly exploring new painting techniques, new styles and novel materials and challenging her limits. This childlike innocence allows her to keep watercolor paintings and children's illustrations in the most soft place in her heart.
While Inga is gentle and sweet when it comes to writing, it's not the same when it comes to self reflection.
"My biggest critic is myself." She said. "I really hate to let myself down." Contrary to the "chaotic" stereotype of artists, Inga believes in the power of order itself. Even in her studio everything is in perfect order. Her work is born of a passion, a desire to share, a desire to feel, a desire to be recognized. This emotion falls exquisitely starting at the brushpoint, through orderly composition and the slow, methodical whittling away at a grander image. Emotion is her creative source, order is her creative criterion.
She is brave enough to analyze their own shortcomings, but also always remembers to walk towards the sun; her passionate feelings call out the wind and rain, and she can sail away in the same strong wind.
It is this belief, creative but not chaotic, that keeps her from abandoning science for art completely. Instead, the model of "make bold assumptions and carefully verify them" becomes the ideal portrait of a scientist.
The young Slavic girl carries the spring breeze of the Russian fields farther and farther along the winding path of art and science to share with people far and wide.