Philosopher Alexander Piatigorsky said that a philosopher doesn’t have to be useful, he is here to do philosophy. I think, we can say the same about an artist. An artist is here to do art, make it go on.
In a self-portrait video «Prelude» I turn the wheel of a broken children’s carrousel imagining that this is a piano. I keep on turning looking for a sound. I know that it is useless, I know that both the piano and the carrousel are broken. Still I enjoy it.
It is the same with art. Nowadays it is probably the most impractical thing to do. It is so, especially if we talk about videoart, which is absolutely non-commercial, at least in Russia. But I keep on filming, keep on searching, because I want art to go on, and because I enjoy it.
On a formal level, as well as on a content level I try to get rid of concreteness, completeness and perfection. The reality is not perfect and I’m not a perfect person, not a perfect woman, not a perfect mother etc. But I believe that in art, just like in the boundless Abbey of Thelema, there’s a room for everyone. And my room is called «imperfection». I create my own anti-utopia, but it’s not frightening, it’s poetic and sometimes even funny. I work with ordinary, useless things looking for harmony without perfection, celebrating the reality as it is.