Artist & Illustrator

This website is fully dedicated to my final year assessment at Wimbledon College of Art. All works presented here have been made between July 2019 and June 2020. The quarantine situation has forced me to change the initial format of my portfolio which I would have dedicated to one specific project called ‘Friendship Story’ which is an adaptation of my novel in process. 

Self-isolating in my flat in Moscow disrupted my plans and I started a new project to express my grief and memories of living in London. The London project has helped me to overcome my artistic barrier and move things forward with the former project. 

 

As a result I made a decision to divide my third year portfolio into three main projects: Friendship Story; London Project and Wolves and other Predators project that is a forever ongoing project in my art practice.

 

Friendship Story is supposed to be a large scale installation in the form of a graphic novel that would cover three studio walls. This graphic novel is an adaptation to my current book in progress called ‘Adventures of Sonya and Ricky in Rome’.  

 

The London Project is a very intimate side project that I have created as a response to the lockdown. Although, it might seem quite distant from my ‘typical’ work but it is actually directly related to my animal characters and to the process of the story telling. London scenery comes in the form of distorted images of the past, recent memories and fantasies regarding this city in the future. Each landscape and each building is a character with its own soul and history. Just like animals represent human qualities, architecture represents human nature. One of the biggest flaws of the human condition is taking things for granted until they are gone.

 

Wolves and other predators are a very important subject for my paintings and drawings. I refer to an image of a wolf every time I get started with something new and not sure where to start. I associate people with different types of animals but my favourite scenes involve my spiritual animal (a wolf) fighting with unknown circumstances (another predator or a landscape). A good example of an anthropomorphism of a scene like this is my painting ‘A Battle’

My studio space in October 2019
My studio space in October 2019

My studio space at Wimbledon College of Arts

My studio space in late February 2020
My studio space in late February 2020

The first finished stripe of the 'Friendship Story' installation, not long before the lockdown.

My studio space in October 2019
My studio space in October 2019

My studio space at Wimbledon College of Arts

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