Issue 7 Feature: Tanbelia, The Slime Artist

Bio: “I’m Tanbelia a slime artist and sculptor from Ukraine. I’m working with slime, which is a kind of unusual material. Slime is a popular children’s anti-stress toy for hands. I gave a new meaning to this viscous material, translated it from the plane of art. I repeat the recycling of paper and plastic to create unique sculptures, I want to encourage people to preserve nature, protect the environment.”

Artist Statement

“My art about nature in abstract forms, I feel the most connection with nature and depict the natural environment by my feelings in my vision. I want to encourage people to preserve and protect nature.

I use slime, which is a kind of unusual material. Slime is a popular children’s anti-stress toy for hands. I gave a new meaning to this viscous material, translated it to the plane of art. Also recycling paper and plastiс with my own technology for sculptures.

Abstraction speaks most accurately, it is and how everyone wants to see it, it is about what the artist put in it, what emotion is behind it. After all, we like to solve riddles, but not to know the answer immediately. I do not only create paintings but I also think about ecology, what I can do for it, I am always looking for new artistic techniques, especially paying attention to the recycling of plastic and paper and using this in my art.

Dragon Eyes, made from recycled paper and slime.

I found inspiration in nature and extreme these two things cause me such emotions and feelings that I am ready to turn the world.

Impressionism influences my works a lot because artists created their masterpieces fast on the plein air, only this, in my opinion, makes each artwork so unique, emotional, and alive especially if you paint on the plein air and feel this connection with the world.

Return of Fish to Coral Reefs. The Origin of Disappeared Life. made from slime and recycled paper.

I want to encourage people to preserve and protect nature. We live in the Anthropocene age and this period needs to be not an ecological catastrophe, but vice versa we can try to protect nature, the underwater world from rubbish and human activities.”

Image one: Trip to the underwater park Ras-Mohamed in Egypt, made from recycled paper and slime on canvas

Image two: Photo of artist with Green Anemone, made from recycled paper on canvas

Image three: Close-up of the piece Green Anemone

In the coming weeks, we will share more work from this artist! You can view more of her work in Issue 7 and on her website: https://tanbeliaart.wixsite.com/tanbelia/volume-slime and on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tanbeliaart/