The focus of my work is exploration of metaphor as a means to construct subtle and engaging psychological narratives. I create from my own personal experience, using it as a source for ideas and concepts, which become relevant and meaningful to my spiritual growth. In the tradition of myth and folklore, I conceive metaphors that vividly express these elements and thread them together into a new and graphic visual language. This leads to a poetic narrative as the image takes on a life of its own, becomes transformed and opens to a wider interpretation.
I reveal the universal within the individual using strategy of the mystic, and explore the absurd tragedy of human life and society in a mixture of autobiography, symbolism and philosophy.
Artist Bio / CV
I came to America from Moscow, at the end of the Eighties. During the last 20 years, my art took me to exploration of human life in a mixture of autobiography, symbolism and philosophy. My work is approached as a narrative that grows out of my every day experience as a native Russian speaker who now lives and creates in an English-speaking environment. My specific perception of external reality results in my strong need of distance and self-isolation. Images come to my work through the moments of still time when I share myself with others. Stage, windows, doors, curtains, sky and water all are images in my work. They all create a reference of distance, isolation, re-placement and sacred space. While those are my main structures, many smaller symbols and images circulate through my work, bringing stories in. A visual story told inside my paintings is about transition: something is happening on a painting or is just about to happen that, will change the course of things: birds are flying away, snow is falling, dog is barking, and alarm clock is wringing. This feeling of change is a main message I manipulate with in my art. I work in mythology of change that, for me, is a paradox of absurd, tragedy and happiness in a free verse.