Masterpieces created by Irina Antonova are decorating houses of former presidents, famous politicians, and influential businesspeople.
A resident of Makeyevka, Ukraine, Irina Antonova creates unique volumetric compositions made of clay that amaze art lovers not only in Ukraine but also in other countries.
As the craftswomen told to “Segodnya”, she started to create the amazing works more than 20 years ago after she read an article in a journal about handiwork. “However, the article described the technique of modeling using dough and fabric, and I decided to create a picture using a ceramic mass for modeling. I was going to decorate the kitchen with my hands, and as a result, I made a pretty big volume picture – 40×40 cm. That picture was very simple, there was a large oval table with a samovar and bagels, at the table sat a large family” – says Irina Antonova.
Since then the craftswomen has created more than three hundred amazing works. Irina creates her masterpieces not in a particular workshop but at home. “As the basis of the pictures I use wooden boxes that I craft by myself. Then I create characters and make up the “interior” of the pictures. I do everything by hand using clay, sometimes using wood and cloth. On average, for every picture, I model about 50 items, from cups and fruits to figures characters. All parts I dry in the oven and then paint and mount in the picture” – gives a master class Irina Antonova.
Mostly on her works the craftswomen embodies Russian and Ukrainian feasts as well as the life of Cossacks. There are a whole series of works with well-known movies heroes. For example, among the 3D-pictures there are sets of compositions about “great combinator” Ostap Bender, in details recreated scenes from movies “Chasing Two Hares” and “White Sun of the Desert”. There are also works dedicated to Donbass, particularly to women working in the coal mining companies. But the most complex and unusual work Irina Antonova calls the picture with Christmas motifs, which is now in the Kiev temple of Nikolaos the Wonderworker. “On this picture I was working more than six months, although it didn’t come out very large, about 55×75 cm, but for me, it was a record – it’s depth was about 20 cm, – says the craftswomen. – To comply all the canons, I took as a basis the two Orthodox icons and arranged them.”
By the way, the creativity of Antonova is in demand not only in the Donbass. Volumetric pictures with Ukrainian national style spread all over the world. In the list of well-known owners famous politics and even presidents.
It worth noting that the price for an unusual 3D-pictures starts from $100. However, the cost of particular pictures can be increased dozens of times – it all depends on the complexity of the performed work. “I never keep a price. If a person liked my picture but has no money, I can easily give my picture, – admits Irina Antonova. – By the way, when people buy, I always warn: “You need a good nail in the wall for my picture!”, because the weight of some products can reach a few pounds.”