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Sculpture: Plastic on Plastic.
I created these wreaths from old plastic flowers. I found these flowers in secret garbage dumps near distant cemeteries with churches. People are afraid of these flowers and do not know what to do with them. Previously, these were natural flowers and they died themselves. Plastic flowers do not die and people hide them in gardens, forests and groves in the distance. I have a fellow, sorted, washed them with line powder. From a distance they seem festive colors, but in the vicinity you can see traces of burnt paint and shabby details of synthetic fabric.
Here a logical and verbal (vocabulary, linguistic, synonymous) transition takes place from the traditional ritual and funeral Orthodox Christian Wreath to the traditional ritual Hawaiian Wreath. A powerful symbolic transformation takes place here, and I am an artist making it. It is a movement from a symbol of grief, sorrow, pain and deprivation to a symbol of triumph, fun, celebration and happiness. For me, this is a symbol of the transition from death to life, from the framework and boundaries denoting non-being to being.
I like to throw these wreaths around the neck of the audience during events and then talk about the concept. People are afraid of them. I say that this is all only in their head and artificial flowers are not to blame. They have tremendous energy. These works can be hung on the wall in the collection, or worn them at various events for shocking.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection