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Hey! So listen, our girl @organanation is working on her own Old West AU, and I think there are a couple others in development, and I’m excited for all of them: I intend no diva claim on the topic in publishing this! But I wrote these snippets up awhile ago, all loosely structured around the theme of accidental meetings between Han and Leia in a Western AU, and there’s been some interest so what the hell right? More reading the better, I hope!

There won’t be a plot, ever, and these are gonna be much looser than NHI, and with far fewer tie-ins to the plot and characters of the original films. This is purely self-indulgent noodling. So, uh. Yeah. Anyway, here’s part one in a loose series. Read on if that’s your jam.


She’d only gone into town for muslin. A length of curtain-cloth for the house her stepmother had left her, the hated house she’d come back to claim. In her second-best dress, second-best hat pinned to her braids, Leia Organa had set forth, closing the white gate neatly behind her.

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One of the most interesting and admirable facts about art is that it can reach people no matter the language, culture, gender, country, or circumstance. While any other form of communication can always find an obstacle in the differences between the communicator and the receiver, art allows no blank spaces. This quality is unique and is what makes it what it is. The power of communicating without barriers, of transmitting a feeling, an atmosphere, of creating and emotional reaction in a soul, is something which importance humankind can’t deny or ignore. Art is the key to every idea. The window in every mind, the one channel that can be blocked, the eternal ability to share, the door to change, to unity.

Today I present you an artists that personally amazes me. The way every detail of life can be transformed into a beautiful, meaningful, and unforgettable piece. As if you never had look so close to reality, Kuplenko shows us how much differently you can perceive and capture this world.

I think the greatest deal about this artist’s work is the infinite possibilities of roles that the spectator is able to play in front of it. It makes it yours. You can see yourself, as well as the artists, floating in the surface of the images, your mind, you soul, hers, in a way you wouldn’t know that could be depicted. The thoroughness of what seems simple catches your eye as it traps your soul, finding yourself in a world you have always inhabited, but actually never looked closely at.

I leave you now at the entrance of a true creator’s mind. It’s your choice how to cross the door.

1. What part does art plays in your life?

It is my passion and love. I live on my own so can devote all my attention to it, I am studying for a degree in fine art and have been successful in achieving firsts in all my modules so far.

2. How did you discover the passion or necessity to express yourself artistically? What was your relation with art as a kid?

As I child I lived in a family that were immigrants my mother Italian and my father from the Ukraine. Language was a barrier at times as when I was born my parents didn’t speak fluent English. I started to draw form an early age, wax crayons I remember, at the age of 11 I won a National School Competition for a drawing that I had done, this spurred me on. We had no books at home and no TV until I was older, there was always Italian music though.

3. What kind of environment, age and background did you grow up in?

My upbringing was frugal, both parents worked hard for little money, anything I owned I cherished. Having a mixed heritage meant that I was exposed to different cultures and language, different traditions. There was always wonderful food as my mother was a cook, my father was a tailor so I learned from an early age to make clothes, he cut his own patterns and I watch him doing this, listening to the sound of the large shears that he cut the cloth with, and watching him draw on brown paper with white chalk, then I would hear him upstairs on the treadle sewing machine working away making his art. We always had a garden so I ate loads of fresh fruit and vegetables. We had no car, no telephone until I was 14 and no computers until I was in my twenties.

4. Name some defining memories that you remember from your childhood, like events or things that marked you or your way of viewing reality?

My childhood was littered with sadness, I always felt different at school. I was abused at the age of 8 by a family friend which affected me greatly and still does to this day, the abuse went on until I was 11.

My art is a way of me exploring hurt, anger, loss of innocence etc.

I spent summers in Italy with my grandmother, I remember fire flies and trying to catch them as well as lizards… one climbed up my leg once and I screamed… even though I was trying to catch one… My grandmother grew everything and her cellar was full of jars of fruit and tomatoes, salami hanging everywhere, walnuts for her garden it was like cornucopia.

5. How did things changed for you in your twenties? (Youth, starting leading your own live, your priorities, situation, attempts, cities, works, etc.)

I worked as a dark room technician and printer, then a Lecturer, Engineer, and a Youth Offending Officer…I used art in all these jobs and was always a creative thinker, I am Dyslexic, a good problem solver. I took A levels in my twenties, Art and Photography.  I lived in Spain for one year and was surrounded by mountains the sea not far away, the rugged terrain, I have always been interested in landscape as a metaphor… aloneness. Loss… the factthe land is where we are born and where we return to… we are all made of stars… the majority of my work has no living forms in it and this represents aloneness, displacement, this is very current when you think of migration at the present time.

6. Did you notice that this produced a change in your thematics artwork-wise? How did you face the transition to an adult, reflecting it in your work?

The older I have become the more resolute I am, I am sure of what I want to say and the work I want to make. I am confident in the decisions I make, I wouldn’t have made the same ones when I was younger as I hadn’t lived. I put 100% in my work, I think about it most of the time, I love what I do it gives me wings so to speak… I feel that I am in the best place.

7. Did you study art? Do you work as an artist? (if not, what are your other occupations?)

I am studying for a degree 2nd year in fine art, I am a working artist and have sold internationally as well as in the UK. I have had four exhibitions in the last 6 months and have one coming up in April 2016, this will be a part of my Degree, there is also an end of year show as well as The Rome Study Trip Shows, photography and Fine Art both of which I will be exhibiting in.

8. How has music and films influenced your vision?

I adore both music and film, I will watch anything, recent films I have loved are Reverent, The Assassin, Star Wars, Birdman, past films Pans Labyrinth, The Devils Backbone, Fargo, No Country for old men , I could go on, I love Scorsese , Cohen Brothers, Tarantino. Music Jeff Buckley, Cinematic Orchestra, Sigur ros, Lapulux, AKA Twigs, the opera, classical I adore too, I love Jazz, hip hop, electronic again I could go on… I have a thousand Cds.

9. Would you say that the culture of your country has influenced your work? In which way?

Japan… the use of ink, monochrome, delicate, Italy and Spain, landscapes, Russia sense of loss, tragedy, I have no relatives in Russia, I have never met any of my father’s family, I was always told they all died in the war. When I saw the film Reverent, there is a scene when the led climbs into a dead horse, my father told me he had done this, he told me when I was about 10.

10. Which are your preferred materials, techniques and settings (for painting, drawing and taking photographs?

Indian ink, pencil, charcoal and Graphite and I love photography.

11. What do images and black and white represent for you? Why do you prefer using them over color?

I use monochrome as I want the viewer to work harder to interpret the work, I want them to engage differently to when they view in colour. Black and white is used in newspapers, it has a sense of honesty, importance, think of Picasso’s Guernica. I want to evoke nostalgia, memory and a feeling of something lost in my work and I fell that monochrome is best suited for this purpose.

12. Describe some feelings that you often depict artistically, or the human situations that you tend to select to dwell in when you create. Why do you think these feelings have a so meaningful power over you and your work? (Ex. hate, anxiety, euphoria, peace, solitude, love, anger, envy, desperation… etc.)

Solitude, aloneness, and sense of loss, childhood memories, and memories of people that are no longer in my life.

13. What are your literary preferences and likes? How does the habit of reading affect your mood and well being?

I read lot of Poetry and am reading the Bell Jar Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Birthday letters at the moment. I also read a lot of books by an academic called Robert MacFarlane, Landmarks, Mountains of the Mind and The Old Ways. I read mainly philosophy, poetry, and academic papers ta the moment because of the amount of research I have to do to underpin my work. I read to relax… but because of my dyslexia I have a tendency to scan.

14. What are the artists that influences you the most? Or who had marked your artistic life or that you deeply admire?

Turner, John Virtue, Gerhard Richter, Marlene Dumas, Kiefer , Goya ( Black Paintings) I love the American Abstract impressionists, Rothko, Kline, Pollock, I like Willian de Kooning, Picasso, Loads more in fact.

15. Would you say that you live a little off the reality, or that you use your art as a barrier between your ‘soul’ and the aggression of society?

I live in reality but escape this in my art, I see beauty everywhere all of the time in the most simplest of things, I feel lucky to have this gift. I have been described as eccentric and bohemian, I am glad as I don’t want to be ordinary. I want to live an extraordinary life and art for me allows this to happen.

16. Have you ever had any muses? What are your thoughts on this concept?

No but I am the muse of many… a fantasy.

17. Name some persons, events, books, movies, or any kind of thing that has the quality of always inspiring you to make art no matter how much time it passes and how much you use that theme?

Life, every day, everything I see and hear makes me want to create, sometimes I make 5 pieces of art a day… it is like vomiting, and I can’t stop.

18. Do you think that being a woman has slowed or sped the process of being recognized as an artist? Like, would you say that succeeding being a female artist is more difficult? If you have had any experiences relating this subject along your career, please share it.

No, my work isn’t affected by this, I think I am a feminist, I stand up for myself, I support myself all decisions are made by me on my own, it is empowering to be a female artist. I am not afraid to be sensual, I am not afraid to be political.

19. How would you say that being a woman affect to your artistic vision, if it does at all?

I am not sure how to answer this as what I feel could equally be felt by a man.

20. What would you say to female artists out there trying to succeed? Any advice or encouraging words?

Keep to what you believe, argue your point, research as much as you can just do it.

My favourite quote:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do,or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

William Hutchison Murray

At this point I can only emphasize one more time the importance of the attitude in a artist. Trust you feelings, your instincts, free yourself. Let you create when and where you feel like it. Don’t use excuses, don’t put barriers. It’s your right, as it’s your view, to express it, to communicate it, that’s your gift. Don’t deny yourself what is yours by right. 

Kuplenko is really an inspiration of what you can achieve. Live an artistic life, create as much as you live, build your own world, and enjoy living in it, knowing that you are making other people’s reality a little more bearable, a little more meaningful, a little more beautiful. 

Don’t be afraid, no one has the same view as you, and that is your power. Use it.

Closing, A.