Sleeping Karina (2014)
It is strange how fascinating old things are- old wood, old metal, craquelure cobweb on old varnish .. the way time worked on them. Perhaps as proof that Time is material, and has value in itself.
Once, looking at the massive hundred-year-old board from the old house, I imagined all those works on the wood panels, from icons to painting, which we never saw, that left, disappeared, lost in time. How could they look like? Then I came to idea to make such a thing, looking like a found artifact, with fragments of old painting on ancient piece of wood. So I have created it, and continue working now..
Additional technical education helps to find new and new technological solutions, and now every work is physically unique, because of the uniqueness of the key element - old wood, and because of the peculiarities of the process. Nowadays, when so many people are interested in medieval style, fantasy and pseudo-historical stories- from The Lord of the Rings to the Game of Thrones, such kind of works are interesting, aren’t they? Such as they could be, if they existed in reality and reached our days..
I'm always in search- of new approaches, new materials, sometimes with elements of old metal, and other. Sometimes I copy works of old masters, to be closer to the subject, but when I miss bright and clear colors - I relax, working in traditional painting..