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ravells
04-14-2010, 06:23 AM
An artist uses a sand table to chart the life of a Ukrainian woman who lived through the war. It moved me to tears (as it did most of the audience). This really is a must see. And to think that the best that Britain can produce is a dance group.

Link here (http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg)

Blurb below:

This video shows the winner of "Ukraine's Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $130,000.00

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."

Jaxilon
04-14-2010, 04:58 PM
Wow..mesmerizing.

That is an awesome display of artistic beauty about something absolutely horrible.

I am glad you shared this so I may pass it on to others.

Ascension
04-14-2010, 05:31 PM
I could watch those sand painters all day long and adding the Apocalyptica music helps too.

A R Frost
04-14-2010, 06:16 PM
Amazing!!!! First time I have every seen artwork like that. Think I just became a fan.....

Larb
04-14-2010, 07:51 PM
I saw this a while back and was pretty amazed. I was also slightly depressed by it because of the fact that I don't believe you would never see a performance like that win over here in the UK.

DevinNight
04-14-2010, 10:14 PM
very cool, I'd never seen anything like that before either. And I was expecting Sarah Boyle to be doing the painting not a young very attractive girl.

Redrobes
04-20-2010, 06:00 PM
I saw this a while back and was pretty amazed. I was also slightly depressed by it because of the fact that I don't believe you would never see a performance like that win over here in the UK.QFT

The way she uses both hands and carves out shapes with such precision so quickly is quite staggering.

jaerdaph
04-21-2010, 11:51 AM
That was amazing to watch and quite moving. Thanks for sharing that.

Steel General
04-21-2010, 12:41 PM
Utterly amazing...and she's a babe too :)