What inspires your work? Do you think of dreams and memories while you are making your images?
Usually, I am not aware of what inspired me until the end, but it can be sparked by anything that allows me to think about how cultures come together – how our nature can be informed with so much love and sorrow at once. We are constantly connected to the present and part of us is connected to centuries. In that respect, I have been building a vocabulary of images from memories new and old, from my immediate environments and from nature in order to tap into emotions and fantasies and work out certain patterns. I have learned that art-making for me is a more liberating activity if I try not to think about past or childhood – to be in the here and in the now, yet these things inevitably surface.
Nanuka Tchitchoua is a Los Angeles-based artist who moved to the United States as a consequence of the civil war in her home country, Georgia. Having grown up surrounded by a family of art collectors, Nanuka was exposed to art from a very young age. Since then she’s realised that art would be an integral part of her life. Nanuka believes that people are born as stars and are connected by invisible threads. Her pieces are a rare representation of orderly chaos that portray the visible (and invisible) joys of life.