The series of paintings 'Ladders' focuses on the questions of stability and aggression that co-exist and … Read More
The series of paintings 'Ladders' focuses on the questions of stability and aggression that co-exist and substitute each other in the contemporary society. A ladder is an ambiguous symbol. It can be used as an expression of success and power, endless crawling towards the top, which as well as the bottom remains invisible. "Here and now," - the principle of Gestalt theory could become a slogan of a climber. However, a fall from a ladder turns its stability into an illusion, and danger is the only thing that remains real. A visual image of a ladder is deeply rooted in human's physiology: it might be perceived as a spine which has a function of support to the whole body structure. When the spine is unhealthy all the body is not able to move.
This image can be used also to explore some actual social problems on the global level. The demand for a qualified working force and the complicated system of education erases the horizontal perspective of personal development, and substitutes it with a vertical career ladder providing no visible alternative. However, climbing the ladder is not ending in reaching the top, it is just valuable by itself, not by its aim. Each ladder in the series is an expression of a personal destiny, a short story of a strive to success and failure, it expresses hopes and pain of the contemporary society.
The painting 'Stone' continues the topic by providing a psychedelic colourful panorama that united single 'biographies', developed in previous series. Read Less