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Portrait-still-life-landscape“Refurbishment of everything disposable”Man is so fond of disposable things because he himself is disposable.Gabriel Garcia MarquezI would like to... Read More
Portrait-still-life-landscape“Refurbishment of everything disposable” Man is so fond of disposable things because he himself is disposable. Gabriel Garcia Marquez I would like to dedicate this work to my neighbours from the communal flat in the ChistyePrudy area of Moscow, - a space where I was fortunate enough to reside for 7 wonderful, perhapseven the best, years of my life and where I started drawing this work.The constant expectation of impending eviction only reinforces the daily premonition thattoday's present day might prove to be the last. That sense that tomorrow perhaps you will have torelocate for good, appears to me as something very appropriate, to live and perceive each day as thelast, trying to do the maximum amount of good. It is as if you sit atop of an ice floe, which ismelting fast, just as Moscow is solving the housing crisis by relocating Moscovites from communalhives into private nests.This exact feeling is what moved me to start the miniature series “Micro-dramas” - smalldrawings about minor domestic mishaps. It came with the desire to glorify the forgotten objects inour lives (a mark from where the wall hook used to be in the wall, a nail behind a toilet basin, andmany more). After all, on the last day it is crucial to commemorate what is the most important.Very often I look at such an object and think – what if somewhere in Uruguay there is a house, andin that house lives someone, and behind their toilet also quietly resides such a nail. Every now andthen the house owner glances at it and maybe too thinks of the cosmos.Wars are raging on TV,everything is full of human activity, passions, and in the meanwhile this small object is stuck there,year after year.20th century brought in new living standards. Every year the ephemeral quality of theobjects around us only grows. Fast food on the go, serving food in disposable containers (I oftenwatch with sadness as a bun is put into a small plastic bag, the bun which I will bring home and eatwithin minutes, and this bag will live only this long, to be discarded afterwards). SMS messagesreplaced conventional letters, which you could hold in your hands and keep, whereas now they getpermanently deleted from the phone memory. Manufacture of new model ranges of devices andappliances happens so fast, that 5 years down the line it becomes impossible to track down spareparts for a broken device, so it is easier to buy a new one.Leather boots in the old days were crafted so thoroughly that they could be passed from onegeneration to the next, now trainers last a year or two, after which time they lose their look andIn the interior design that surrounds us new materials have emerged. When plasterboard isbroken up during renovations, it creates heaps of waste, whereas previously there would have beenruins. The atomic structure of plastics and other new materials, if looked under a microscope, oftenresemble a sphere, creating an emptiness of sorts, a vacuum within this shell. Household rubbishchutes become blocked more frequently these days, because in a short space of time the rubbishitself has changed. The refuse is now more bulky but light, creating blockages in the chute. Whatmore can be said when there are now islands of manmade waste in the oceans?It is a well known fact that when we think back to our childhood everything seems verybright and warm, no matter what the reality was, simply because it was a childhood. In my ownchildhood I still had the chance to live in the USSR. Working on my drawing and observing thereactions of the viewers, I noticed that people comment on how it reflects on their lives during theSoviet times. Indeed, during those times out of sheer necessity people crafted, invented andsoldered. Screws and other small part did not get thrown away but kept in case they came in handy.Children in particular displayed this kind of mentality due to the shortage of toys in the shops.Slingshots, water pistols, posters of celebrities copied by hand, smoke bombs, secret treasuresburied in the ground, DIY guns made from laundry pegs and much more, was an integral part of our childhood.Handmade objects deserve admiration. Watch repair stalls, mobile phone and laptop repairshops, cobblers, tailors, and even kebab houses always fascinate me with their cosy atmosphere andthe knowledge that the people inside are masters of their trade. As a result, an idea emerged torevisit the Micro-dramas (they often depicted the dramatic moment itself) and create a land, whereeverything is rectified and mended through repairs, refurbishment and other methods.This drawing is dedicated to craft and graft, because work makes a person great, and throughwork we communicate with God. It is also dedicated to peace. We are all familiar with the phrase'it's easier to tear down than to build up' and it contains in itself a simple fundamental truth: it issimpler to break than to preserve or to rebuild. What is the essence of the word 'refurbishment'? Is ita necessary destruction of the old in favour of the new, or is it a careful preservation of the existingentity and its restoration? I am yet to make that decision myself.From a distance the drawing appears to the viewer as a portrait, where the plastic cup is thehead. A person is often compared to a vessel, and human life to a tree, where in the beginning theindividual is flexible yet vulnerable, and in the later years rigid and abrasive. Flexibility andvulnerability are the companions of life, whereas rigidity and strength are companions of death.To conclude I would like to wish everyone the ability to preserve their inner child for aslong as possible, regardless of age. This perhaps is only possible when one perceives every day asthe last. And naturally, peace to all.