The model, mother and creative Sasha Pivovarova has been making artwork her entire life. "I’m an expressionist," she tells me, at the Dior New York Fashion Week event she created installations around.
Body-shaped sculptures made of colourful tape, paintings, collages, and an entirely white room that she painted with expressive faces were all fair game for her when curating her own work for the exhibition.
As for the room, she painted it the day before the event and had it filmed for party guests to watch while sipping champagne cocktails (see video below).
The black, drippy faces are similar to her spring campaign for Dior, in which she also painted imagery for and modelled alongside it. It all played into Dior Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri's Spring theme too: women artists.
During the event, we chatted with Sasha about the women artists who have inspired her, how being a mother has influenced her work and how art has always been her lifelong passion.
Finally, what women artists have you been inspired by?
There are so many women artists, and I’m really happy that we get appreciated more and more. Niki de Saint Phalle, Cindy Sherman. I like women’s art because it’s the whole world. It’s not like on one side, you see one painting.
You need to see the whole collection. Like there’s 50 dresses—you need to see it all for the full fairy tale. It’s the same with art. When you see one painting maybe it’s not enough, but when you go through the book, you get into the world of this person and that’s very powerful.
Photographer: Kate Owen