What gave you the impetus to invent subjects for the canvases? Was it your past experience as a designer in digital agencies?
I live in a small cognitive dissonance, on the one hand, I lead a quiet middle-class life, on the other hand, every time I go on the Internet, there is a feeling that the world is heading towards nothing. And I do not know what to believe. If earlier a person formed his own idea of reality on personal experience, today, instead, everything comes from the media. At the same time, on-screen media won today, even radio releases videos of their broadcasts. The eyes see, but there is no big difference for the brain, whether it happened in fact or not. The visual row is a very powerful pathogen, you have the illusion of interacting with something, as if you personally witnessed what you saw, although there was no interaction. You just sit in your chair and switch channels or click on the links. You get experience without experience, which you can operate and create your own map of reality.
A good illustration of this is the situation with ISIS. In a short time, this grouping occupied not only vast territories on earth, but also captured minds of many people. The fighting was not so much on the ground as on the screens. The main combat unit in this war is the viewer, the person consuming information through his eyes.
This war is more like an advertising campaign. The main antagonist has too bright and memorable packaging: ISIS officers are dressed all in black, like ninjas, white sneakers are worn in contrast with this, it looks quite stylish. Their flag is also black and white, contrasting, energetic, aggressive, not to be confused with anything. They attack with the help of information guides: the execution of hostages, parades, their own filmmaking, social networks. Any media product enters the market to satisfy some need. Some products satisfy the need for curiosity, admiration, envy, vanity. IG sells a sense of fear and uncertainty. And in this media campaign they won.