As unlikely as it may seem artist Kseniya Simonova won the 2009 series of Ukraine’s Got Talent by telling a story through the manipulation of sand on a lit board. In seconds she was able to create the image of a couple sitting holding hands on a park bench and then with a few sweeps of her hand dramatically change the mood of the scene to illustrate the devastating effect of war in a way that reduced several members of the audience to tears. View her amazing sand animation here.
Simonova is not the first to create impressive representations using sand. While Simonova’s creations are monochromatic Tibetan monks have for centuries been creating vibrantly coloured and intricately designed sand mandelas Continue reading “Performance and pictorial representation… in sand”