The LL woman feature #1 - Artist Natasha Billinger
“My mission is to encourage all women to celebrate the true essence of womanhood and self-appreciation through their struggles as well as their strengths as they use creativity to push boundaries .
- Toyan Oriogun
Lonseluet introduces a platform that allows the voices and work of ordinary women doing extraordinary things to express, explore and influence the world through creativity. We embrace the ability to take leadership of our own lives through consciously projecting, passion, positivity and originality.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Natasha Billinger, I was born in Russian, raised in Saint Petersburg and now reside in New York City.
Throughout early education, I was good in humanitarian subjects and I loved to draw and write, especially Disney characters. I would draw cartoons from the television screen. I always loved drawing, however, at that time during the Soviet Union, people in Russia weren’t overly interested in art, so my family and I never spoke of it, and I later studied public relations. I’m not practising public relations, but my love of art has remained.
Describe your style/work in 3 words.
I love painting and drawing in different styles according to my mood and vision. Currently, I post figurative and one line drawings on Instagram, but I currently have more of an interest towards pop art.
I would describe my style as colourful, delicate and simple.
What advice would you give to the next generation when working towards their passion?
I believe that everything we imagine already exists and is waiting for us; believe in yourself and always think and live in the positive.
Don’t be afraid of trying something new or different, and don’t give up when things don’t go according to plan.
What are your views on identity and creativity within today’s society?
Is anyone truly in touch with their identity? In a society of pressure, expectations, judgements, stress, from family, friends, neighbours, self; identity can be elusive. Identity is an ongoing familiarity with self that improves with time, becomes more intimate. Creativity is an expression of that identity that you identify with at any given point in your life; which is greatly affected by societal conditions in today’s, yesterday’s and tomorrow’s societies.
What goals do you have in mind for your work?
I want to push myself, dare to be different. I can’t reveal too much yet, but my purpose is to push creativity out. Eventually, I desire to have small exhibitions around the world, starting in NYC. I have no idea yet how I will accomplish this, but this is a current goal.
Where can we follow your work?
@natashalinger on Instagram.