Official Review: Artist's journal by Sveta Alenina

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Official Review: Artist's journal by Sveta Alenina

Post by Bianka Walter » 03 Nov 2018, 11:36

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Artist's journal" by Sveta Alenina.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Artist’s Journal is a collection of the various artworks and musings of Sveta Alenina. This compilation of works ranges from Sveta’s simple sketches to her short bursts of poetry. Consisting mostly of her various illustrations, this book is exactly what the title describes – the journal of an artist. If artworks could talk – this is how they would do it.

Sveta’s art is intriguing. The variety of forms and colour that she incorporates into the various illustrations is immense. There are no two works alike, and none of them gave me the feeling of repetitiveness. In the Amazon blurb, Sveta states that the images are more doodles than artworks. I have to disagree on this notion. Doodling implies that the illustration is like a stream of consciousness. I feel like this art is deliberate. There are intense feelings associated with the images portrayed, and, every so often, the illustrations come with epigrams to back them up. I don’t think that doodles can invoke emotional sensations. This art does.

There are a few darker sketches in the journal that represent deeper feelings of depression. This is a big contrast to the other images that show colour palettes of brighter, ‘happier’ hues. It also shows the depth of these artworks and how nothing stops at the surface.

As mentioned, there is some poetry in the book. These poems go slightly over my head. They are very open to interpretation, and, as much as I liked them, I didn’t really understand them. For instance:
It was a very strange day.
It was. It was. It was.
Do not dare to diminut it
To some explainable consequences.
It complements the idea of free association, and it bolsters the artworks. There were a few (more straight-forward) poems, however, which I really enjoyed. These aspects all add nicely to the diary-like feel of the book.

The editing of the limited text in the book is not very good. There is a three-page foreword written by an art historian and psychology expert. The grammatical errors in this introduction are extensive. Unfortunately, the errors don’t stop there. Mistakes such as ‘The horses head’ and ‘boy friend’ litter the fleeting text. Two artworks are also repeated in the journal, and without explanation, I can only assume that it was accidental. Finally, there are a few blank pages, sometimes spanning a two-page spread. For an artist’s journal, I think this should be avoided.

Artist’s Journal should not be mistaken for something it’s not. It is a work created solely out of the personal contemplations of the artist. Without being straightforward, it is a reflection of Sveta Alenina’s life told through her various creative flairs. With the errors, I am unable to give this journal more than 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who has an open mind when it comes to artistic musings. I enjoyed taking a walk through Sveta’s life as depicted by her art – it was definitely a refreshing way to read a book!

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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Nov 2018, 09:47

That's my problem with poetry; it often goes over my head. There's some deeper meaning that I'm supposed to find that just passes over me completely. However, I'm tempted to look at this one simply for the artwork. The sketches intrigue me. Thanks!
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Post by gen_g » 05 Nov 2018, 10:58

This is certainly rather unconventional but intriguing! I agree with you that the act of doodling cannot be considered as intentional due to its very nature, so I suppose this gap would be rather jarring to reconcile. Nonetheless, I'm definitely interested in this book. Thanks for the amazing review! (:

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 05 Nov 2018, 11:28

An artists' musings represented in captivating artwork sounds interesting. I would check it out for the poetry since I feel like the art is a key to unlock the deeper meaning behind the words. Too bad the editing is wanting.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 05 Nov 2018, 15:04

kandscreeley wrote:
05 Nov 2018, 09:47
That's my problem with poetry; it often goes over my head. There's some deeper meaning that I'm supposed to find that just passes over me completely. However, I'm tempted to look at this one simply for the artwork. The sketches intrigue me. Thanks!
I know - I always feel a little dense when it comes to poetry. The deeper meaning evades me. Give me Harry Potter rather. Wand=magic.
The artwork is truly great though - definitely worth the time :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 05 Nov 2018, 15:07

gen_g wrote:
05 Nov 2018, 10:58
This is certainly rather unconventional but intriguing! I agree with you that the act of doodling cannot be considered as intentional due to its very nature, so I suppose this gap would be rather jarring to reconcile. Nonetheless, I'm definitely interested in this book. Thanks for the amazing review! (:
I'm so glad that I made sense. In trying to explain what I meant about doodling and creating intentional art, I wrote that paragraph about 20 times :lol2: Eventually I just left it and hoped for the best.
Thanks Gen! I appreciate your comments.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 05 Nov 2018, 15:08

Mercy Bolo wrote:
05 Nov 2018, 11:28
An artists' musings represented in captivating artwork sounds interesting. I would check it out for the poetry since I feel like the art is a key to unlock the deeper meaning behind the words. Too bad the editing is wanting.
The poetry and the art definitely go hand in hand. I think they support each other - in their weird ways :)
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Post by kfwilson6 » 05 Nov 2018, 15:39

I'm with kandscreeley, poetry is beyond me. I might enjoy the artwork though. Lovely analysis.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 05 Nov 2018, 16:15

kfwilson6 wrote:
05 Nov 2018, 15:39
I'm with kandscreeley, poetry is beyond me. I might enjoy the artwork though. Lovely analysis.
I think we're all on the same page with poetry! We'll get team jackets :)
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Post by Juliar252 » 05 Nov 2018, 19:03

The blend of poetry and art sounds very interesting. I have never heard of a book like this but after reading your review I definitely want to check it out! Great review!

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Post by Caylie_Cat » 05 Nov 2018, 22:36

Being neither a fan of poetry nor much of an art critic, I will give this one a miss, but you wrote a thoughtful review. Thank you!

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Post by Bianka Walter » 06 Nov 2018, 07:28

Juliar252 wrote:
05 Nov 2018, 19:03
The blend of poetry and art sounds very interesting. I have never heard of a book like this but after reading your review I definitely want to check it out! Great review!
It was different! A really nice change :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 06 Nov 2018, 07:32

Caylie_Cat wrote:
05 Nov 2018, 22:36
Being neither a fan of poetry nor much of an art critic, I will give this one a miss, but you wrote a thoughtful review. Thank you!
Yep - this one is definitely not for you!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 06 Nov 2018, 09:20

The editing of the limited text in the book is not very good. There is a three-page foreword written by an art historian and psychology expert. The grammatical errors in this introduction are extensive. Unfortunately, the errors don’t stop there. Mistakes such as ‘The horses head’ and ‘boy friend’ litter the fleeting text. Two artworks are also repeated in the journal, and without explanation, I can only assume that it was accidental. Finally, there are a few blank pages, sometimes spanning a two-page spread. For an artist’s journal, I think this should be avoided.
I agree with your thoughts. I get the impression that some books in the poetry genre are less carefully edited under the guise of creativity. I'd definitely want to be sure that the person writing my foreword used correct grammar. Great review, Bianka!

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Post by fredrick otieno » 07 Nov 2018, 08:29

Sometimes poetry can be so challenging, that you have to think a little been harder, but that's what I love about it, though when it cones with some grammatical mistakes then it can be irritating.

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