My art creates a renewed sense of value to once rejected objects–giving them a second chance. Processes that I implement focus on design and fabrication. The resulting sculptures that I create are made of scrap metal, old goods, found items, and other diverse recycled material. In fact many of the materials come from visits to scrap yards, trash dumps and flea markets.
In my mind, old objects carry more meaning within themselves than more contemporary ones. They challenge my creativity because they already possess years of certain qualities, like form and color, that create boundaries within which I must work. What emerges are great feelings of inspiration and ideas which to start flow for my sculpture.
For example from old utensils I have created some unique lamps. The material and overall appearance look old but the design and different composition are new. This creates an exciting juxtaposition in my work.
My art, which also includes larger installations, plays with relationships between the dead and living and also organic and inorganic materials. The shared existence of technology and biology, human and animal and the natural and artificial also intrigues me. It is as if I give a revival to objects with my creative combinations.
As a child growing up in the Eastern Bloc, I witnessed the destruction of industry and infrastructure. This is reflected in the approach to my work, in my rust fetish beginning in my childhood. It seems very proper to work with my desired materials because I was surrounded by decay and by no means a sterile, modern society. Personally recycling has been very important in my life. There is tremendous pleasure in repairing objects and improving their appearance for a creative new use.