Kseniya Simonova Sand Animations

CAC Score = 9.1

Kseniya Simonova has a special artistic talent which involves creating animations by moving sand around on a lighted table. The video below shows her on "Ukraine’s Got Talent" at the age of 24. She draws a series of pictures showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, although not unique, is mesmeric to watch. The images which are projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears. She won the top prize of $130k.

Kseniya Simonova Creating beautiful sand animations

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated. It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears. She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier. This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house. In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.
Kseniya Simonova says: "I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there’s surely no bigger compliment."


Editor Rating Summary

Crazy = 0.5 Not much crazy here.

Amazing = 4.4 Her ability to create on the fly is fantastic. Her emotions flow out with the music and sand. Her performance was amazing. .

Cool=4.2 Sand animations are cool. Watching how the image transforms is facinating. Creating shading with differents amount of sand is neat.

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