Galina Bugaevskaya alias Koty Vezde – Interview in VO
can you imagine yourself in a few words: your past, your interests, your life…
I am a simple 30-year-old girl living in Russia (in Moscow) with my friend Nastya and our cat Uma. I’ve been interested in photoshop since I was a student and loved drawing since childhood. But I would never have thought that my hobby would grow into such a large and somewhat popular project. If I had been told two years ago that articles would be written about me and my work in dozens of languages, I would never have believed it.
I work as a content Manager for a packaging equipment company. I write texts about technology and edit images. It’s pretty boring, but I have a very good team.
I am fond of computer games, I love movies and TV series (science fiction, fantasy, horror and action movies), I like to walk and listen to music/audiobooks, read, watch video blogs – just like everyone else. I’m a homebody, but Nastya taught me to travel and I liked it. Our dream is to travel all over the world, if it is ever possible. We would very much like to visit Paris, Japan, New Zealand, Australia…
I’m a pretty positive but shy person. I like to make people laugh and bring them joy. Many people write to me that my creativity makes them smile every day and it inspires me to expand my cat universe.
the Most important question: do you have a cat or cats in your life? And if so, could you tell us a little more about it?
Yes, my friend and I have a white Persian cat Uma – very gloomy and picky on the outside, but inside he is a cutie who really needs our company. It is named after the white bear Umka from the Soviet cartoon.
Once Uma was on the street and one girl picked him up for overexposure, and Nastya and I saw her ad and took it for ourselves. He lives with us for 6 years and only the last 2 years began to come to our hands – before that, he was quite closed and did not trust people. We are very happy that he « thawed out » and trusted us.
In addition, my parents have two cats-tuft and Filya.
are you a fan of one or more cat breeds? What do you like most about a cat’s character and/or appearance?
I love Persian and exotic cats. I really like frowning round faces, neat noses and big eyes. These cats are adorable.
I also really like Maine coons because of their size and brutal appearance.
As for the characters of cats, I love affectionate and purring, which themselves come to hand and require attention.
your Instagram account : @koty_vezde is now very popular…you have 93k subscribers. Did you ever think you would be so successful when you started posting on Instagram?
I never thought that so many people would like my work! It’s just amazing that so many people around the world have seen my work. My pictures even got on TV – one Japanese TV show showed a short episode. Takeshi Kitano was present on the set! He liked my penguin cat. I still can’t believe it – I have so many emotions!
what initially gave you the idea to create these montages using Photoshop, where you put the heads of cats on the bodies of other animals?
I heard the phrase « cats are one of the pillars of the Internet ». The fact is that in Russia cats are much more popular than dogs and other animals. And so the Runet is full of cute cats, memes with them, videos and humor. I decided to play with this phrase and started putting cats on different objects. Over time, this has grown into such a rather big universe of cats.
how would you define your art?
I don’t think my skill level is unique. In fact, many people own Photoshop much more professionally. I just have a certain concept, an idea that I adhere to. I don’t think my work will live on for centuries as works of art, haha. I just like to make people laugh and I want to do it while I can =)
when we see your work, it makes us smile and sometimes laugh. Is this the reaction you’re waiting for? What is your vision for this work? Maybe this is a way to show your passion for cats?
Oh, Yes, that’s the reaction I’m waiting for! I think there are too many problems and too little fun in this world. People spend a lot of their nerve cells on minor feuds with each other, arguments on the Internet and insults, attributing negative meanings where they were not meant. Many people like to spoil the mood of others. They like to live in the negative. I’m just trying to do my little part to fix it. =) I want to create another corner of the Internet where there is only positive and sweetness.
do you have a professional website? Are you thinking of selling your work or are you already doing it?
I don’t have a website, but maybe one day I will.
At the moment, my partners and I sell badges, magnets, and stickers with my cat animals. In the future, more notebooks, puzzles, calendars and t-shirts are planned.
In addition, everyone can « settle » their cat in my universe – I make pictures to order =)
do you have other projects planned? Can you tell us about them?
There are no projects yet. I am negotiating with an online store and soon there will be clothes with my pictures that will surely appeal to cat lovers =)
In General, my dream is soft toys in the form of creatures of my universe. I think many people would like to put a hedgehog cat or a fish cat on the sofa. But for now, it remains just a dream.
do you have anything else you would like to add?
I would like to say Hello to all the fans of my work and say thank you so much for staying with me. Thanks to the warm reviews, I get a lot of positive emotions from my instagram and I am very inspired by it!
To those who have not yet heard of me, I want to say that I will always be happy to see you at my place! Come visit us and let’s have a laugh together! =)