Through damp wind of the millennium
A standard-bearer is raising the banner.
Aquarius, is it not Moscow that stands behind us?
Aren’t we responsible for everything on earth?
Let someone pray for us
On earth, awaiting for insight.
We are in a free creative soaring
We are building the geometry of flight! -
With such verses, Natalia Bazhenova met the coming era of Aquarius, (being an Aquarius herself) and our country, Russia, belongs to this same sign of the zodiac. The verses were written long ago, when Bazhenova was still a young woman, and, thus, her deep realizations of responsibility for “everything on earth” is surprising. This behavior bears more resemblance to the heroes of Russian epics and folk tales such as Ilya Muromets and Alexandr Nevsky, but surely not to a fragile young woman.
Natalia Bazhenova… is a concentration of talents and fusion of art centered in one person. She may have become an excellent pianist, as her farther wished when sending her to music school, or she might sing as her mother, who performed on the stage not only modern songs and romances, but academic classics as well. She could have become an actress and produced plays – as a student she graduated from the Department of Actors and Directors program of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, and her diploma play was Oscar Wilde’s, “The Importance of Being Earnest”. She could have also become a litterateur – she initially decided to enter the Department of Philology at Moscow State University (MSU) – she would write articles for a local newspaper and had been writing verses since her childhood, but suddenly she changed her path in life. As she joined the children’s drawing school “DK Rodina” (House of Culture “Motherland”) in the 10th grade in her native Khimki, she understood that she wanted only one thing – to be occupied with drawing all the time. Then, she had to catch up with the programs of the Art School and College in order to enter the Department of Fine Arts and Graphics of Moscow Pedagogical Institute. And thus, Natalia Bazhenova became an artist and for almost 40 years she pleased her contemporaries with sunny palettes springing out of her soul with the happiness of life. No matter how complex, and perhaps tragic, the subject is, Natalia’s every piece and canvas is full of optimism, inspiring a flow of refreshing energy, attracting viewers to itself and to the author in a magnetic way. Natalia is always surrounded with people. Like bees around the hive, numerous readers, friends, relatives, acquaintances and others – all of them wish to get a piece of happiness, for Natalia is an eternal generator of this saving energy, generous and not sparing any of her devotion for herself. She is an exceptionally talented individual with deep genetic roots.