Artist statement

My works do not contain any signs of place, time or characteristic features of those portrayed. The figures in the photos are symbols reflecting the inner state of a person, his soul. It is human psyche what I mean when I say “soul”. With the help of photography, I gradually build a mosaic of irrational parts of the human brain. The character in the pictures is a guide into his own unconscious. He finds himself on the brink of light and shadow in search of balance. In themselves, light and shadow are a symbolic representation of the two oppositions (soul and body, thought and action, life and death, etc.). Like the Yin-Yang symbol in Taoist philosophy, the interaction of these ends (extremes) gives birth to all the diversity of life.


When working on the projects, I often turn to the experience of psychologists of the 20th century, and use such methods of immersion in the unconscious as meditation or lucid dreaming. During the creative act, I try to establish a connection with my anima that later becomes the main character in the portraits. In the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung, anima (from Lat. anima – soul, feminine gender) is the personification of all female psychological tendencies in a man's psyche, for example, haziness and vagueness of feelings and moods, prophetic insights, susceptibility to something irrational.


The images I get in my imagination, often emotional and chaotic, I rationalize and style, shaping them logically and bringing them down to extreme minimalism. The dialogue between the male and female is manifested in the figures depicted, which are strict and monumental, yet at the same time flexible and vulnerable.


Darkness, like our unconscious, is the unknown, and the unknown generates fears. By studying our inner world, we are able to move towards the light, overcoming this fear.