Tell me about your show “Treasures”.
The title relates to an idea of a collection, almost like memories, a theme I have worked with before. For the show, I asked every person I portrayed to borrow something, a treasure of sorts from them. Something more precious than simply cash value, an object with a memory, emotions and or a story.
How did you pick the subjects for this show?
Geographically, my current work series is only people from Siberia, to be exact from the Lake Baikal region, this is also for people from Russia, a magical and mystical region. While photographing or sketching the portraits and talking, I got to know them. To have a stranger painting your portrait, and to let him gain insight in your life by borrowing a treasure creating a story is my favorite part.
Is there something in this show that you’ve made something different compared from your previous shows?
In terms of techniques, more painted scenarios rather than just the portrait on a white background. I tried to have some sort of a rhythm in this show as all the faces interact with one another in terms of their line of sight. Content wise the work is, like you see in the title, an installation of their individual treasures. It remains open which treasure belongs to whom, to still keep some of the mystery. And, by gaining insight into the portraits, these treasures hopefully raise questions about what we praise and worship ourselves.