Galina Kotinova, Kalmyk Paintings and Ornaments
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Churyumova, E., & Churyumov, A. (2016). Galina Kotinova, Kalmyk Paintings and Ornaments [Video file]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.17658
After graduating from the Stroganov Moscow State University of arts and Industry, Galina and her husband Sergei moved to Kalmykia where they spent 15 years. There Galina produced paintings about Kalmyk history, culture, Buddhism and people. She also worked on several theatrical performances as a stage designer. Today she and her husband work in their own studio in St Petersburg. Galina finds the Kalmyk and Mongolian facial features very interesting. In her paintings she shows traditional ornaments, hats, dress, etc. Her works have been exhibited both in Russia and abroad. Galina’s works are expressionist and are painted as fantasies. She also paints flowers, landscapes and the city of St Petersburg. During the interview Galina shows a book titled The Kalmyk Traditional Ornaments by Grigoriy Vas’kin where she painted all the ornaments. Kalmyk ornaments, Galina says, can be floral, geometrical, zoomorphic, cultic, astral and alphabetic in form. Geometrical ornaments are used in women’s dress, the most widespread among them is the hoof of a foal. In contrast, men’s dress is decorated with floral ornaments. In Kalmykia, ornaments are used on wooden cups, tobacco pipes, and bortkha (a vessel to keep alcohol or milk products). Astral ornaments are used on leather goods, hats, on goods made from felt and on tables. In terms of color ornaments are made from bright colorful threads.
art, ornaments, paintings, dress, bortkha
Sponsored by Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.17658