Russian (CIS)

Frescos of Open Air (drawings, 1992-1993)

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They come from far away and are inspired by Dionisius’s frescoes in Ferapontov monastery. The heroes, inhabiting this new space, have changed a lot and became quite independent children of my fantasy. Here a new visual sensation of space occurs, especially of horizon as a point to get one’s bearings in space. And yet it’s my evangelical reflections, not linked with canonical interpretation, rather fruits of my free fantasy and laconic form. The space of desert and conditional horizon appeared under the impression of “Hagiography of Mary of Egypt”. That’s a life of empty land. On this scene angels and John the Baptist settled. Sometimes centaurs from another pagan world come here. Flying by angels echo naked women and horrible griffins.


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Moses and Egyptian Gods (drawings1998-1999)

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In Russian translation of Torah God, speaking to Moses, expressed his desire to cudgel Egyptian gods. I liked it. I liked the idea that Moses in the new series could exist in the space I already mastered in “The Frescoes of Open Air”. The old gods, exotic and expressive, replaced angels, griffins and other characters. I remembered the Cairo museum, where all stairs are full of papyruses – kind of passes to the next world. Egyptian gods, overcrowding those papyruses, rushed and filled all compositions with Moses and their energy swayed the horizon, which was so stable and calm before.


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Napoleon (lithography, 2001-2003)

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Among all events of Russian history the campaign of the French Army against Russia in 1812 strikes with dramatic and senseless result of that adventure. All romanticism and adoration, associated with Napoleon’s genius, vanished in the snows of Russia. It’s like a French theater play, where everyone fusses, but nothing happens, because all is senseless and human vanity ends with forgetting of the death. A resembling image began to crystallize in my consciousness. I had a stage full of snow. I had to populate it with actors. Napoleon was reduced from emperor to a miserable, desperate, homeless man, rushing about through Russian snows. French soldiers became almost naked, just with remains of their uniforms and arms. All that was united by a nude female figure of Republic with a flag, no one knows why lost in that crowd. And the most important thing: Russian soldiers in that act were replaced by Russian double-headed eagles of human size, dressed in greatcoats and felt boots. They became an organizing power ruling the acting of French actors led by Napoleon. Their appearance completed the whole composition of that sad performance.


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