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Model Identikit: @barbara.shilova

“Tell me how you paint and I'll tell you who you are”

By Giulietta Riva

Scrolling through the usual feed, with the usual enthusiasm and canonical rhythm I came across @barbara.shilova: artist and model. More artist than model. More art than part. It’s difficult to frame her and despite my imagination you often travel more than necessary... this time no, I cannot say that I seem to know her.

 
 
 
 
 
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👀Последнее время приучаю себя рисовать наброски с натуры, но не так что-бы «для галочки», а по-настоящему. Обнаружила, что для себя наброски я никогда и не рисовала, потому что всегда в воздухе висела скучная задача, например «50 набросков животных» в художке, и вот ты нехотя еле-еле плетёшься в зоопарк рисовать этих несчастных животных и потом дома сидишь со слезами в ночь перед просмотром и пытаешься накалякать нехватающие 45 🤣 или в институте тебе говорят «100 городских зарисовок», а тебе вот что угодно, только не городские зарисовки... и опять ты сидишь и выдавливаешь из себя кривые окошки и фонарные столбы. Это я все к чему, хорошо когда ты взрослый и можешь делать и рисовать все что захочешь ✍🏻

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The angelic features, the tiny body, the origins, the artistic contaminations, a mix of elements that lead me to be almost afraid of being able to associate someone like her. The stereotype of the girl next door (see Lucette Van Beek) or of the shy friend (still Costanza Nisi) doesn’t suit her, Barbara Shilòva is a set of ideas, of different (musical?) genres, of colors that fight each other, of sweet and savory flavors. The most challenging that we have presented to you so far and the most complex.

 
 
 
 
 
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“Towers” 🏭 80x120 oil, canvas. Everything will be destroyed by ourselves. DM for more info

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It’s a format, that of “Model Identikit” which tends to recognize valid field personalities, who often pass by quietly or otherwise. Then we throw them there, whether they could interest you humanly or serve you professionally.

However, returning to the angelic Barbara, on behance (in 2014) she describes herself as “transport designer, illustrator and painter”, she doesn’t mention the profession of model. She probably starts exercising it later. On her IG bulletin board, instead, photos of her in iconic magazine covers and photos of her body alternate between works of art signed BS, serious expressions to images that reveal her being “girl”.

 
 
 
 
 
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Paris can be cozy if u’ll find the right spot&company 📸 @lewa_kartowa

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A whole figure of her is flanked by the caption “I am the smallest human in the world” and here I understand that there are people who cannot be explained, they are so and that's all. One of these is surely Barbara Shilóva.

 
 
 
 
 
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I am the smallest human in the world 🌎

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