Welcome to “An NFT Evening With…”, a weekly feature where we shine a spotlight on some of the talented NFT artists in our community. Last week we got lost in the impressionistic world of Artventurus. This week we’re diving into the moody imagery of Veronika Koldina. Read on to find out her views on art, progress, and the battle between the old and the new.
NFT Evening: Your art has a very lyrical feel, despite being photographs. It’s fairly unique in the NFT world, so I wonder how you got involved. When did you first hear about NFTs?
Veronika Koldina: Firstly, I learned about NFT via the Internet as I am interested in the crypto world and everything connected with it. NFT is a welcome breakthrough for creators of society as a whole.
NFTE: Recently, we tend to agree- with so many new things being made every day. In fact, what prompted you to start creating your own NFT artwork?
Veronika Koldina: The more I studied information about NFT, the more I was convinced that this was what I needed. I am a poet, I have many nominations and 4 books have been published, I was awarded the Bunin medal for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the first Russian Nobel Prize laureate in literature. NFT is another way to create and perhaps create something meaningful. This is important to me.
The role of NFTs in transforming the art world
NFTE: Very often, undiscovered artists use NFTs to establish themselves, or gain credibility. In your case, you already have that. Do you see NFTs as more freeing, artistically? Or is the benefit of NFTs, for you, something else?
Veronika Koldina: NFT for me is a new stage of development, experiments. It is a very exciting process!
NFTE: Your two pieces, The Infinite Potential and The Infinite Limitation, are visually striking works. How did they come to be?
Veronika Koldina: I traveled a lot for work and I always had time for the Louvre and Uffizi. In this work, I wanted mainly to portray antiquity with some carelessness of modern interpretation. The world is far from ideal and in all my works I leave a small wormhole as a clue, a reason for the analysis.
NFTE: I can see that, in the way they’re staged. Contemporary but classical. So beyond the Louvre and Uffizi, where do you get your inspiration from?
Veronika Koldina: From everywhere. The world is so great and beautiful, often even in the shadows on the wall or in the clouds you can see unknown worlds.
Recipes for success
NFTE: What times of day do you do your work?
Veronika Koldina: I smile at this question. I would say constantly.
NFTE: Also, where do you usually work?
Veronika Koldina: At home and in the studio, where I take lessons in academic drawing and painting.
NFTE: If there was one thing you wished people would think or feel about your art, what would it be?
Veronika Koldina: For me, the most important thing is that my work is interesting for the viewer. It doesn’t have to be liked, but depth must necessarily be, some kind of understatement, intrigue…
NFTE: Actually, understatement isn’t something we see in NFT art a lot. It’s a powerful thing, and you do it so well. What is it about the quieter, intriguing moments that inspires you most?
Veronika Koldina: For me, this is probably emotions and light. It’s like two twins who cannot live without each other. And of course, music, nature and art.
The future of NFTs and the art world
NFTE: To clarify for our readers, what do you think is the future of NFTs and how do you see yourself in that future?
Veronika Koldina: I believe in Art and people who believe in art. I am sure that NFT has a wonderful future, this is inevitable. We live in a revolutionary world in terms of technological breakthroughs and NFT plays and will play a very significant part in it.
NFTE: So, you said “we live in a revolutionary world”, and in many cases, a revolution replaces the old with the new. Do you think the traditional art world can coexist with NFTs, or will one “invade” the other?
Veronika Koldina: The world does not stand still and progress is not avoided. New is not a threat to the old in this case, rather it is a springboard to growth and prosperity for all parties.
Tune in next week for another peek into the NFT art world, and in the meantime, be sure to follow Veronika Koldina everywhere you can. The world could use a little more subtle beauty in it.
Note: This interview has been edited for space and clarity.