'Dusha' is the Russian word for 'soul'. This portrait is a part of the series – a glimpse into the... Read More
'Dusha' is the Russian word for 'soul'. This portrait
is a part of the series – a glimpse into the Russian soul on the example of my
mother and her inner world. It is like a bridge into the space of her creative
origin – bizarre, fascinating and dreamy. My mom is a rare, incredible woman
with her own unconquerable romanticism and heightened sensitivity of
perception. She is the epitome of compassion, sacrifice and kindness, pursuit
of justice, openness to the world and thirst for knowledge. She is the soul of
our family and pure embodiment for us of the term of the
mystifying Russian soul.
For many years, my mother has been suffering from depression
and the inability to express herself creatively. She had to start insulin
therapy, something she was afraid of since being a little girl, watching how diabetes
took away first her grandmother and then mother. As if looking in a mirror, I
myself struggle with insulin resistance; there is a fear of diabetes, a predetermined
scenario of development, unspokenness and painful vulnerability.
By bringing out feelings of powerlessness and
injustice, the process itself has become a therapy and realization for both of
us against emotional self-alienation, social isolation and sensory deprivation;
which became more vibrant in current social reality.