The white housefly that ended up in a Klein bottle*
housefly is made of porcelain and nichrome wire (2020)

The Klein bottle* is a one-sided non-orientable topological space** without inside and outside - inside surface smoothly connects to its outside surface without an edge.
Therefore, the housefly will crawl around forever without ever encountering a boundary or falling over an edge. A true Klein bottle, that does not self-intersect, is not constructible in our 3D system of objects and needs "time" (t) as a fourth dimension, i.e. it could be constructed in xyzt-space.

**Topology is a branch of mathematics, concerned with the properties of a geometric objects that are preserved under continuous deformations, such as stretching, twisting, crumpling and bending, but not tearing or gluing.



The white housefly that ended up in a Klein bottle*
housefly is made of porcelain and nichrome wire (2020)

The Klein bottle* is a one-sided non-orientable topological space** without inside and outside - inside surface smoothly connects to its outside surface without an edge.
Therefore, the housefly will crawl around forever without ever encountering a boundary or falling over an edge. A true Klein bottle, that does not self-intersect, is not constructible in our 3D system of objects and needs "time" (t) as a fourth dimension, i.e. it could be constructed in xyzt-space.

**Topology is a branch of mathematics, concerned with the properties of a geometric objects that are preserved under continuous deformations, such as stretching, twisting, crumpling and bending, but not tearing or gluing.

Sycamores
porcelain, real size (2019)

Ceramics is emotional and the trace of hand making is very important.
I explore analogue representation of the cognitive time perception. The duration and irreversibility of time, signalled in these thinnest and very fragile sycamores, becomes immediately sensible.
Just as fish may be unaware of the existence of the water in which they swim, most of us are unaware of the ceaselessly flowing time in which we live.
Our awareness of time permeates our lives. It is so familiar that we take it for granted.
It frames our emotions, struggles and experiences. Only constant consciousness of mortality exposes the emptiness of convention and breaks routine. Human beings can be happy only in finitude. There is no admonitions here to prepare for death but rather a call for meaningful perception of time, a suggestion to embrace the gift of time whether to receive it or to give it.


Faces of Achievement
Clay, porcelain, size appr. 5cm* 10cm (2018)

Neoliberal society commands to achieve.
We are all achievement subjects.
The achievement subject competes with itself to self-expand, to self-reinvent, to outdo itself over and over. The achievement subject converts themselves into a project, becomes entangled in self-constraints haunted by pervasive feeling of being too late, missing out, left behind; by the guilt for not having done enough, not being competitive enough.
The achievement subjects are exhausted by the widest range of options, by evaluating the trade-offs and tormented by the misinterpreted opportunities of rejected alternatives. In this society of destructive compulsion everyone carries a work camp inside. Excess work and relentless striving for ultimate performance escalate into voluntary auto-exploitation.
Anxiety, depression and burning out represent the pathological consequential burden of capitalism.



Cybermycelium
mushrooms made from porcelain (2019)

Blockchain is often associated with the narratives of freedom. Bitcoin mining is very similar to foraging for mushrooms. If you think of mushroom picking, it is not about something else but looking for your fortune. Mushrooms bear a special qualities of a gift, a trophy of freedom and a trophy of hunt. Humans can't control mushrooms - they remind us of our dependence on more-than-human natural processes. Mushrooms embody indeterminacy and condition of precarity. At the same time mushrooms demonstrate the kind of collaborative collective survival.
I placed dozens of porcelain mushrooms throughout the gallery space: on walls, floor, ceiling, doors. Here, mycelium acts as allegorical platform through which to build a critical discourse about such complex subjects as blockchain or digital finance.
Completely unnoticeable from the first sight, they popped up in front of viewers eyes unexpectedly. Those mushrooms enacted the narrative about cybermycelium, which has no territorial boundaries, centerless, immutable, unregulated, private in its depth, where spores of append-only information are perpetual and nothing can be changed, at least in its temporal dimension.



XYZ Material truth of cold structure
Steel bars, metal ball (2017)

I see metal as the material with human qualities. It can be resistant, weak, rigid or flexible. The tangible qualities of metal coincide with intangible qualities of human temperament - all these qualities configure the human subject and nature – no matter how reduced it might be in the manner of metaphysical likeness to the human body.
Geometric clarity, abstract volume of axis XYZ developed to the extremely unobtrusive presence, are opening the point of view with no fixed vantage points. The customary distinction between the exterior and interior of form is dissolved. To be inside of the system implies to experience being cloistered in an enclosure, to witness the exteriority.
Weight and equilibrium, gravity and grace have effects that are psychological as well as bodily and spiritual. The ball signifies point zero (which is in-between, end, beginning, excluded middle, nothing?). The ground is part of the system too but not the system.



Fork It Manifesto
Three regular forks bent into gestures (2016)

How many little girls have been admonitory told off "Don't be like that. You are a good girl after all". Good girls are expected to be shy, immensely sympathetic, charming, utterly unselfish, and quiet. Feelings such as anger or impatience are never expected out of them. Good girl sacrifices herself daily to nothing but family life. She is so constituted that she never makes an own mind but prefers to sympathize always with the minds and wishes of others. Good girl can never be aggressive. Her place is in the home, on a veritable pedestal. In my native language 'fork' is feminine noun.
I pay tribute to all but "good girls" who ceased to consider domestic service as the single largest activity of women.
These mischievous sculptures of everyday objects capture the rebelliousness and political activism of lots of brave stubborn women whom we are endlessly grateful for not accepting things how they once were. They declare persistency, courage to stick up, sharpness in beliefs, energy of social and political change.



Talkative objects
(see descriptions under images)

Soviet system was an empire of signs and symbols. The huge country was imbued with the ideology of the superiority of "collective" over "individual". The immediate readiness to surrender individual wellbeing, prosperity, happiness to the collective was unconditionally anticipated. Everyone could elevate themselves above only through suffering and labour. Mental and ideological capacity to sacrifice at the disposal of the nation was rigorously and ceaselessly checkered.

Pel'meni (fiddly wrapped meat dumplings) is the traditional food of common people, very heavy and warming. I casted few of them from aluminium which is symbolic material of the Soviet Union. Cutlery, plates, buckets, cups were made from endlessly recyclable and forgiving aluminium. All through the enormous territory from the capital city to the smallest villages there were an aluminium monuments to Vladimir Lenin, mastermind of the Bolshevik Revolution, showing with his right hand the way to the enlightened future.

Tea bag is made of metal mesh and wooden swarf soaked in vodka. It is having a stitch and hiccups.

Spectacles and flip-flops are made from the tempered steel. They tell about my personal experience of upbringing in communal living and youth labour camps. It was hard to be different, to keep integrity and individuality in collectivism times.