The theme of boats and navigation is closely linked to the artist’s family history. Many of his relatives and close friends are seafarers. Some of them have sailed for many years on the waves of the whole world, and in particular in the Arctic zone, from Greenland to Canada, in the footsteps of one of their great-grandfathers, one of the last Newfoundlanders of the first half of the 20th century.
Their world is one of inner freedom, responsibility and discipline, mutual aid, respect and immense love for life. For Olga Kataeva-Rochford, the theme of the seas is related to the age-old dream of exploring infinite space, where the boat is a home, a floating cathedral, a constructive human will, infinitely courageous in the face of the immense elements.
A study from a series inspired by the legendary bisquine La Granvillaise celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020. A tribute to this beautiful sailboat but also the historical naval heritage of France. Working on this theme gives me a lot of emotions because it is in Granville that the story of my French family began. La Granvillaise was built in 1990 in Granville as a replica of the bisquine La Rose Marie (1897). In the 19th century, this kind of ship was characteristic of the region of Mont Saint-Michel, located between Saint-Malo and Granville in France. There I have focused on studying the relationships between the colours of the sea, the sky and the sails. It's impressive how the colours change at different times of the day, like in a kaleidoscope!
A series dedicated to the frigate Shtandart, a replica of Peter the Great's admiral ship (1703) built by Vladimir Martus with a group of volunteers in 1994 - 1999 in Saint-Petersburg, the artist's home town.
Seascapes created during artist's journeys