Artist Portrait: Dying Roach


21 years old Illona Terentieva is a russian artist who grew up and lives in Berlin. Since her early childhood she has fostered a passion for art, and developed her skills as a painter working mainly with water colors, acrylic and oil, ir fineliner.

Welcome to the family, Dying Roach!

In her experimental and explorative art,  she delves into the obscure as well as motley euphoria leading the spectator on a discovery journey through fantastic, otherworldly creatures that bear human traits nonetheless. 

Her abstract life forms exist in a world of chaotic harmony and whimsical beauty where primal nature metamorphoses through the integration of references to our sick, urban culture.

Enjoy the interview!

Dying Roach: Illona Terentieva.

How did it all start, what is your background?

Since my early childhood I had a passion for art. I ecpecially enjoyed to work with paint. Getting older I came in contact with water colors, acrylic, oil paint and fineliner. I never visited an art school.

What inspires you to create your art?

I am inspired by every material in which I see an opportunity to work with. I almost never plan my drawings and just draw how I feel. It makes me feel comfortable to work with autumn colors. Also I try to add sometimes some kind of mystic and darkness to my paintings,  the dark really attracts me.

Brot zeit by Dying Roach.

What does your art mean to you?

My art means for me to feel free and to express myself in a non-verbal way.

Has there been a time where you struggled to implement an algorithm / a rule that would create the art you wanted? If yes, …

I usually don't work with algorithms in my art. Everything happens without me following any rule I would make up. Sometimes I dream about something and I wake up with the obsession to paint exactly what I was dreaming about but then my painting or drawing turn out not exactly as I imagined it in my head.

One of Dying Roach new art. Find more here.

Did you feel a change in your creativity after corona came? If yes then how?

I didn't had a change of creativity because oft he corona virus, I just had more opportunities to be alone.

What is your dream project?

My dream project is to paint my version of hell on a huge canvas .

What role do you feel artists have in our society today?

I think artists in our society have the chance to represent what is going wrong in our society. To show the disgusting uglyness of it. But also art gives people the opportunity to realise certain things they never thought about.

They eyes of knowing by Dying Roach.

What do you hope to have achieved in your art in 5 years?

In five years I would like to have a successful website ,to have more opportunities for exhibitions and to make new interesting contacts. Hopfully by then I'll have learned new techniques which I can use in my art

How do you feel you benefit from working with us at SKINSINK?

Hopefully more people will know about my art and be interested in my style.

Tell us something about you that is not in connection to art.

One of my hobbies is to dress up, put a wig on, paint on myself and just become someone or something else.

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