Artist: Alexander Timofeev
Land of Origin: Russia
Hidden within its chiaroscuro there lies a solemn, still atmosphere in this work by Russian artist Alexander Timofeev. Buried in the unconscious and rising to the conscious is the modern challenge of man’s interior discourse.
Such discourse is a contemporary phenomenon, born of recent awareness since the advent of modern day psychology. Haunts of the brain emerge from shadows confronting one another in what appears to be a futile or difficult attempt at self improvement.
In this quietly gripping work, Alexander depicts his two main inner voices personified as two young girls. These beautiful beings intriguingly, possess aged features and an absence of youthful vitality. They appear wrought with exhaustion. One is clearly calm and dissociated, while the other is brimming with anger and frustration that’s certain to violate the stillness that exists on the other side. There seems to be a complete breakdown of communication as the imposing subject to the right finds herself unable to reach into the frozen complacency or numbness that appears in the closely aligned subject to the left.
A conflicted message has emerged from Alexander who grew up in the shadow of famous artist parents. The impact of his training in repressive, Soviet-Era academics creates a perfect display of technique that explodes into a vision of opposing, rebellious chaos. Albeit personal in nature, the emotional heaviness on both sides evokes sympathy for all forces involved.