My love of kitsch started at the age of 6 or 7 when for the first time I saw the Meissen and Sevre porcelain collection at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad. I was fascinated by the endless pastoral scenes, hunters, lovers, soldiers... I still am. Children usually like kitsch, being comforted by its absurd sweetness and clear message. Now I look at the history of art and find high-brow kitsch everywhere. I'm interested in the connections between art and Art, “professional”art and folk art, art and kitsch, art and life, a joke and a deadly serious statement, truth and fantasy, dream and reality; I like to trace the borders between them and the transformations of one into another.
I could probably do this exploration in the more forgiving medium of painting or even digital art, but a sculpture as a 3D man-made object gives me a sense of reality, which is gradually disappearing in our quickly virtualizing world. Besides, the simple fact that I can make a human figure out of pile clay still amazes me and makes me feel like The Creator. It's a good motive, isn't it?
2017 67"x50"x50" plaster
2018 16"x7"x6" cold cast bronze
2018 12'x6.5"x8.5" cast marble
2016 69"x49"x49" plaster, acrylic paint
2018 9.5"X5.5"X4.5" cast marble
2018 11"x4"x4.5" cold cast bronze
7"X10"X8" 2018 hydrocal
2018 7"x5"x4" clay
2018 7"x12"x4" resin