Lost in Time
The “Lost in Time” project is my attempt to capture the vague state of the world and uncertainty about the future with a visual medium. It is at your fingertips when you are living in the epicenter of something unstable.
I born in the USSR – a country that is no longer exists. And grew up in an independent Ukraine. At the moment of the disintegration of the USSR, I was 7. For a boy my age, it was unnoticed that one country had gone forever, and something had changed. Here, in Ukraine, many things around remind me of a past time that has gone by. Abandoned buildings that have lost their purpose – symbols of a bygone era. Disconcerted people that lost their faith. Lost in time. There is no clear vision of what comes next.
Slowed by the sun
One day I went to an abandoned farm in the village. There was dark inside and smelled like hay. Through some holes in the roof, the light came inside. I was hidden from the rest of the world in this building. Time became slow and dense. I was feeling the time at the fingertips. In my mind surfaced memories from my childhood where I climbed a shed in the summer. The air was so dense, that it could be taken in a handful. At the end of the long roof was a small window, which opened a view on the garden. Everything seemed so bright through that window. It was like another world. Empty world, that waiting on you. And you, sitting quietly in the dark and just watching.
The Structures series is an exploration of the fluidity of time and the delicate balancing act of shifting focus between the present, past, and future. This series invites the viewer to consider the layers of time, as the act of focusing on one moment makes it challenging to see them all at once.
We all are living in a society, so we are interconnected. Through the series “Interconnected” I investigate the relationship between individuals in a society and the relationship of a person with itself under the influence of society. Even if, we count ourselves independent persons, it just means, we don’t notice the influence on us. The one-line continuous drawing of people’s faces and objects is a cornerstone element of this series. I use different symbols besides faces, to tell a full story.
In this series I work with the topic of expertise in the modern environment. The network has created millions of online experts on any issues. Everyone who has a desire and confidence can out-speak his instant opinion. This process shifted the weight of expertise from large institutions and dozens of persons to millions of individual leaders of opinion. Each event usually has two sides of one coin. We received more independent opinions and reduced the influence of dictatorship. But such a large number of independent thoughts makes it rather difficult to choose one thought that can be trusted. There is a high risk of becoming numb in the inability to choose the one truth.