Hi Ruslan! The first thing that springs to mind when I look at your work is looking at cells through a microscope. What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from different sources. Nature, micro world, underwater world, outer space… all this I want to explore.
I love to improvise and tone of the work is set in the process.
You work is very colourful, is colour a starting point for you?
Color, shape, motion, all this comes together.
Before, I work with color very carefully, it is very powerful tool and I was a little timid with it. But when I started to experiment with graphics, my work with color has become to look like a chaos, something uncontrolled, something that comes from within me.
The are some photographs with your hands covered in colours, is it quite a messy business?
Oh, yeah, my motto: if you take a paint be ready to stain everything around. But the feeling of the stream that covers you in the creative process makes you forget about everything.
I don’t know, maybe I have a fetish – painted hands, lol, but I like it. Hand is my favourite body part.
I just remembered a lovely scene from «Breakfast at Tiffany’s», when Audrey Hepburn sitting on a windowsill and performs «Moon River». And her slim fingers plucked guitar strings, they looked so charming.
“In my projects I try to extract the beauty from trivial things such as bruises, dust, water drops, spilled paint and ink, skin, sunbeams…”
There is a lot of movement in your work, how do you translate that into still work?
I do a lot of stills, and just select the best ones. Selection is an important part of my work.
On your website we are greeted with ‘Beauty Has Everything’ – what does beauty mean to you?
There is a little other words order on my website: «Everything Has Beauty»
Confucius said: “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
You will never know truly beauty without searching, without viewing from all sides. Beauty without mystery is boring.
In my projects I try to extract the beauty from trivial things such as bruises, dust, water drops, spilled paint and ink, skin, sunbeams…
You do a lot of commissions, how does your commercial work correlate with your personal work?
In the last few years the line between creative and commercial is increasingly blurred, because I try to work on such projects where I can experiment and implement my new ideas. Well, this method does not always work.
I love your handmade business cards, do you actually give those out to people?
Yeah, for that reason I made them.
I always have a couple cards in my wallet.