INTERVIEW A NEW TAKE ON DAVID BOWIE

Hila Lazovski sprinkles stardust on the Starman

Meet one of Israel’s bright talents: artist Hila Lazovski. Having studied Software Engineering and worked as a web designer, she found the courage to follow her passion and switch to art. Now, in tribute to the late David Bowie’s seminal influence on her life, she’s about to unveil a crystallized portrait to mark the first anniversary of his death.

On her artistic leanings…
I’ve been creative since I can remember. I painted on canvas, walls, vases, and illustrated a children’s book. After college, I studied jewelry and painted pictures, adding metallic shapes.

On an unusual career change…
When I was visiting the Swarovski museum in Wattens, I stopped by a wall at the entrance glittering with thousands of crystals, and I knew I’d found what I was looking for. Back home I started developing my methodology—a process that took two years—and realized I wouldn’t be able to hold down two full-time jobs. With support from my husband and kids I made a career switch and invested all my time in creating my art.

On the first item she created…
My debut piece was a picture of a mother tiger embracing her cub. It was just after the birth of my third child. I used tempered glass with a background print that I created on the computer. It comprises 40,300 Swarovski crystals in 40 colors.

On her ultimate piece, so far…
My David Bowie artwork is made of 58,300 crystals—each no bigger than 1.7 mm—in 53 colors, and it took around four months to hand-apply the crystals one by one. This is my biggest piece to date. I set the bar higher each time.

On her muse, David Bowie…
Bowie was an art lover and an artist himself, a cultural hero who influenced a great many fans and artists. He provided the soundtrack to my childhood. His music was not only sound, it was also a whole world colors, feelings and figures. I wanted to keep his strong expression, including the red eye, exactly as was photographed in the pre-Photoshop era. I dare to dream that if he were alive today, somehow I’d contact him and offer him the piece…

On the power of crystals from Swarovski…
The quality and the variety of colors, sizes and shapes add such expression to my art. You pass by a canvas and it shines as though it’s alive. Children ask if they can touch it. It’s magical.

On how she sees the future…
I have so many ideas, including collaborating with light specialists and creating collections for tiles, cloth, and bags. My biggest dream is to work with Disney to make a giant piece for one of the parks.

For more check out www.lazovski-art.com.

CREDITS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MEITAL-ZIKRI & ORI LIVNEY

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