Sand Soul


Where the sand becomes alive... 

  My Name is Natasha Kamenskaia. I was born in Russia, in the city of Moscow. I came to Australia in 1992 and since then I took a long and difficult journey to become an artist. I gained my experience and knowledge by putting it all together grain by grain. 
 Creating Art has become my Life, it's mixed together like sand and water, I just have to shape it the way I like it.

  I finished Chisholm Institute of TAFE in 2001,where I did my Visual Art Diploma and continued study at Victorian College of The Arts, majoring in Sculpture. It has become my way of thinking.
  My art work had a big transformation from wood and stone carvings to mad papiermache installations. Some of it has found its place in private collections all over Melbourne. After that, I graduated from Monash University as a Secondary teacher and opened my owned Art Studio for children and adults. It would be almost the happy ever after,
  But then my life unexpectedly turned around and I found myself standing at the Rye beach in a +38C with a shovel in my hands, building a sand castle with a bunch of great sculptors. I would always remember these days as the happiest days of my life. That is where the sand becomes alive. I find it the most inspirational medium to work with. I came across doing different type of projects with sand and absolutely love it. It can get as hard as rock, softened, melted and drip like wax or run like water. It has endless flexibility and expressiveness.   I create sculptures, animations and illustrations and much more. You are very welcome to have a look at some of my work.  Sand Cheers...




2008-2009             Chisholm Institute. Diploma of Illustration

2006                        Monash University, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

2002-2004             Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

                                 Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture). 

2000- 2001             Chisholm Institute.

                                 Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) 
2014 February   Surfers Paradise, Australian National Championship. 
2013 December Frankston Waterfront. " Storyland " 
2013 April          Fort-Myers Beach, Florida, 1st place in Double devision & 1st People Choice. 
2013 February   Cootamandra Art Center, Mermaid and Dolphin.                
2013 February   Surfers Paradise, Australian National Championship. 
2012-2013          Frankston Waterfront, "Under the sea "
2012 July            Canada, Parksville, BC. Sand Sculpting Championship. Solo. 
2012 February   Surfers Paradise, Australian National Championship,    3d place.
2012 January     Mildura "The Little Mermaid" 
2011 December  Frankston Waterfront. "Toytopia."
2011 May             National Gallery of Victoria commition replica "Guanyin"
2010-2011            Frankston Waterfront. Creepy Crawliers.
2010 December  Lake Entrance, "Fisherman Boat"
2009 -2010          Frankston Australia Waterfront. Great Moments in History.                    
2009  June           Berlin.  USF World Solo Championship. 
2009   April          Sydney Nickelodeon Sand sculpting Sponge Bob Big Wave.
2008-2009            Frankston Waterfront “Dinostory” sand sculpting.
2008                      Cobram show  sand sculpting.
2008                      Sandstorm sand sculpting. Healesville and Frankston.
2007                       Volunteer for Rye Sand Sculpture Festival.



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