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I define my artistic practice as “inner restlessness”. I was born and raised in Sevastopol (Crimea, currently annexed by Russia), where the past and current wars’ legacy and history of colonization are echoed in the landscape. My research topic relates to post-memory and the impact of heritage. I am interested in the relationship of memory to the natural and urban landscape, remembrance culture, symbolism, and boundary states. I am fascinated by the ‘ghost’ side of history, figures and myths still impacting society. 

The trauma of being in the gap between conflicting worlds is one of the integral parts of my identity, and this condition is particularly personal and reflects external forces (political, economic, social and climatic) inherent in living and non-living matter. To resist censorship, I use the language of metaphor, symbols and archetypes, appealing directly to the subconscious.

I work with different media, but embroidery is closest to me. I inherited this skill from my grandmother. Painstaking and lengthy work gives me time to reflect; with each stitch, I sew in my thoughts and feelings, shaping my mythology. The objects I create are made of both organic and artificial materials. As a basis for embroidery and sewing, I use polyethene, the fabric of our industrial modernity.

Recently, I have stepped beyond the textile medium by increasingly turning to creating digital videos, working on soundscapes, and collaborating with AI. Digital tools allow me to express ideas around the ghostly side of things, the loss of the physical presence of lost heritage and the reflexivity of future memories in the context of contemporary media culture. I aim to create spaces through different mediums reflecting humanity’s present and future existence, constantly drifting between the tangible and the digital, the real and the imaginary.

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