Symbol of Illusion

Symbol of Illusion

Exhibition opening May 8, 2013 in Bastejs Gallery, Riga, Latvia, as a warm-up before the art fair VOLTA 9 show in Basel, Switzerland (May 2013) where it was exhibited next.

Art is fascinated by death. Death is fascinated by art. Of all the contemporary symbols used in society, skull is a new one. In the still lives of 17th c. Netherlands, it was used as symbol of death — Vanitas. My interest came from observing portraiture figures in art, this is my personal realization of the symbolic meaning of skull as an illusory meaning of life and death in one, where death means everything. In a way death is life.