“Crystalised” is an installation of 100 cone-shaped textile sculptures ranging from 1 to 50 cm in height, which are randomly spread over cement islands on the gallery floor. All objects are handmade from melted synthetic fabric, holding their shape without the use of stitches or glue, revealing a hidden plastic essence of textile. Every piece is melted by fire and then slowly hardened and painted with watercolours and pigments.
The sculptural installation evokes the shapes of organic formations, such as stalagmites in caves and from a closer view, the structures of coral reefs, which often appear in delicately precarious balance, yet are consolidated and stable. The title refers not only to the process of a substance transformation into a solid state, but also to the psychological process of “crystallisation of feelings”. In this artificially recreated landscape, the artist explores the connection between internal and external, creation and destruction, natural and industrial, both coexisting in today's ever increasingly polluted world.
Medium: watercolours on burnt synthetic fabric, cement
Dimensions: 400 x 600 x 50 cm
Exhibited at the "ZIL Culture Centre", Moscow, December 2021