13 August 2009
Kseniya Simonova - Ukrainian sand artist
The winner of Ukraine's Got Talent "recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman's face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes - with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene 'you are always near'."
Consider also that she performs her art within the time constraints of a mix of prerecorded music. Very impressive.
Additional performances here and here, and others searchable on YouTube.