Persona (prints up to 93 x 112cm)
The Personality derives from the Latin word Persona. In ancient theater, it was a mask, worn by an actor playing different roles in the same play. We try on our first masks in early childhood, when our parents form our behavior to their expectations. Our ability to wear masks grows with us. Soon we have a special mask with its own voice intonation, gestures and clothes for every occasion. At certain point we cannot remember ourselves and the mask becomes us. We hold on to the mask, permanently checking how firmly it sits on our face, so nobody can rip it off, revealing what we are trying to hide behind it: our shadow. Unfortunately or fortunately, being someone else is really difficult, consuming huge resources of life. Carrying a fragile mental construct on the face is unsafe. Fear of losing your face is a constant concern. All attention is directed to the integrity of the mask, surrounding people are noted less and less, increasing alienation. The mask is reactive, it is not able to develop spiritually, to create and to be free in its actions. Being ourselves is to remember who we really are, why we came to this world, what we brought here and what we will take back.
‘Home’ is a reflection of my own process of spiritual search and inner transformation. The feeling of permanent dissatisfaction and anxiety prompted me to work actively to change myself. Soon it became the main motif of my art. The project consists of a series of digital photo collages (photo manipulations) for large scale high resolution printing (1-2 meters long). I shoot suitable pictures while traveling around the world. Then I create sculptures from different materials at home to combine everything seamlessly into one artwork. I pay special attention to the details of each artwork and its realism, trying to convey deliberately unrealistic images to photographically true appearance, easy to believe in. Each work in my series reflects a certain experience or insight that I came to in the process of spiritual practice. Black color here demonstrates closeness to the outside world, internal search. White is the color of purification, peace and perfection, loosing fears and excitements. For most modern people, transformation of personality is essential for true happiness. Perhaps this is also a necessary condition for the survival of humanity as a whole.