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Russian Culture II , Collages for 2022 Christmas, 2022

45.5 x 35 cm
€460

colored paper, book/magazine cutouts, felt tip pens


“For this collage, I used Ivan Shishkin, a painting called ‘’In the North’’ which actually is being held in the National Art Museum of Ukraine. The painting is a reference to the poem of Mikhail Lermontov, who is the most important Russian poet after Pushkin. The poem is from the Romanticist period, while Shishkin’s painting is an illustration (in my opinion). It is considered to be very beautiful and you could feel the myth of Russian wild ultra-spirituality in it. I had put a black and white reproduction of the painting on the bigger colored reproduction so as to remind an x-ray photograph showing the scary reality. My intention here was to make the image uncanny. Is it really as romantic and spiritual as it seems? I also added a fire with smoke as a small symbol of Ukraine that is burning while the Western World and Russia are using the myth of deep spiritual Russia as an argument. About the series: As the year 2022 was the year of the war in Ukraine, the biggest full-scale war since world war two, I had real doubts about my usual artistic practice of oil painting. I suddenly felt that painting is of no use now because simple protest poster has more meaning now, and most importantly – more power.”


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