Sand Animation: The Work of Sand Artist Kseniya Simonova

To make sand animation films, sand is moved on a backlit or front-lit piece of glass to create each frame.

I found this video today of artist Kseniya Simonova, winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent, doing sand art/sand animation on the show. Its beauty and effectiveness struck me. 

I have seen sand art done before but never to tell a sad history of a people or nation or any expressive coherent story. I was so impressed by this woman’s skill and vigour for her work.

I’ve often asked myself the common question: What is Art? What this woman displays is most definitely an art in an unconventional and very touching way. The skill within her hand movements and gestures is minuscule and controlled but also fast and precise. I was unbelievably impressed. You can watch it below.

Did you like it? How did you feel about it?

Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

  1. Nice video, and awesome blog.


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