The only rule that I follow in my work is “Do it”, because when you start a project, even if you do not
know clearly, what to do and how to do it, you need to start searching, you need to try. The idea is
not always on the surface. And not always you can get started with the context. You come and see
the place and sometimes it is difficult to find the connection with it. Then I reach out to my personal
feelings, personal experience, I would say existential experience. It starts working and that is how I
find themes. For example, I had a work at Perm Museum PerMM. It was about the Little Mermaid.
There was a skeleton of the Little Mermaid, the Kama river, and black background – petroleum. But
in reality this work was about how terrifying it is to leave the places where you are already settled,
how the spirit, which is presented in the form of a fox, cannot leave the body of the Little Mermaid,
even though nothing is left. The fox was settled there: it made a house, a room, and got really
attached to this place. The fox was so scared to move forward that it was ready to live in the
skeleton. The search for the theme was based on personal feelings, because at that point of time I
had a similar picture in my personal context, as this fox. After an idea is found, I pass to the process
of making. I do not have any special method of work. I do not have a romantic hobby to paint in the
fields or forests. I just sit down and start doing, wherever I have to: at home, in the car, in a café.
Doing is my only method.