Content of My Work

Childhood is the source of our inspirations, desires and fears. Born and raised in Moscow, then leaving my family and moving through several unstable countries, I experienced much insecurity, both physical and personal. Over time I learned how to adapt to very different cultures, and as an artist I creatively overcame many struggles. I became fascinated with human nature and its desire to belong, to be a part of a community and identify with its people. Connectedness therefore is the key issue in my work, in its factual meaning and as an abstract structure. In my research the constant attraction of the self with the social is a central theme. From the artist’s position as observer, I try to eliminate the barriers between the group and the singular while acknowledging individuality, and so enabling an ideal coexistence. I use a range of strategies and methods to encourage this connection, such as personal sharing and staging in specific spheres and locations.

Growing up in the Soviet Union, I experienced the powerful mechanisms of propaganda that repressed independent thought and inquiry. Its methods were not just practical, but also extremely visual. Social Realist style and Stalinist Imperial architecture greatly influenced my artistic development. Their monumental arrangements inspire admiration, humility and wonder, similar to the visual impact of the Russian Orthodox Church and other sacred formations. As a result, I am strongly interested in the visual strategies and formal principles of different religions, cults and totalitarian regimes, and incorporate them in my work. Central symmetry, patterns, slogans and monumental approach appear in my drawings, installations and animations, and are represented in my drawings of (technical) utensils.

Drawing is deeply ingrained in my childhood, and was the central focus of my classical art education. This medium now keeps me stable in difficult situations, and is a skill I can always return to after exploring the contemporary art world. My visual language takes its cue from patterns and structures in science, myth, astrology, pop-culture, news articles, everyday objects and personal items. I select, isolate, arrange and reconnect them. Each work is a mini universe with its own system.

Spending most of my time in my studio, I always focused on drawing as my major medium. In the last few years I started to use drawing as a site-specific part of an installation, in performances, and as elements in the public space and in animations.