Today is the anniversary of the release date of the illustrated art book Awaken, Bloom, Create, so it’s the perfect day to celebrate artist Daria Hlazatova.
Daria Hlazatova is a Ukrainian artist with a very distinctive style: intricately detailed, dream-like works that feature women that embody the divine feminine. Her work can most often be found in the form of prints, which are absolutely treasured by anyone who gets a chance to own one.
Awaken, Bloom, Create is an illustrated ABC book, containing 26 illustrations paired with a word of inspiration for every letter of the alphabet. The book was a limited-edition, and a hit amongst Daria’s fans.
In a celebration of Daria’s work, FF2 contributor Roza Melkumyan says, “Indeed, one could get lost in the details Daria draws, diving head-first into a world of stars and faces, swirls and speckles, starbursts and great big eyes. I feel myself traversing the hills and plains of Daria’s dreamscapes, climbing mountains, sitting in a night sky. Without moving an inch, I am transported across worlds.”
Daria is unique as an artist in that she does not create with the intention of sending a specific message; recognizing that everyone will take something different from a piece of art, she instead focuses on the aesthetic. In an interview with The Tiny Pencil, Daria said, “For me, the attractiveness of the artwork is more important than the story of the piece because art is universal and you attach almost any idea to it, as long as the artwork itself gives enough room for imagination. When I draw, I combine objects, add elements, often subconsciously, because I can feel they will make the whole thing look beautiful.”
This approach has clearly paid off, because anyone who has had the privilege to see Daria’s dreamy illustrations knows that they are some of the most beautiful pieces of art they’ll ever see.
© Julia Lasker (11/06/2022) FF2 Media
LEARN MORE/DO MORE
Read Roza Melkumyan’s celebration of Daria’s work here.
Shop for Daria’s artwork here.
Read Daria’s interview with The Tiny Pencil here.
CREDITS & PERMISSIONS
Featured Photo: Image from Pomegranate’s 2022 Daria Hlazatova calendar have been provided by Pomegranate and are used here by FF2 Media with their permission. All Rights Reserved by Pomegranate.