As you may already know, we like to get in touch with artists that express their creativity through their work. So, we come back to you with another interview. Hope you will enjoy it!
Subsign: Before we get things rolling, let’s get acquainted. Tell us a few things about yourself.
Igor: Sculptor from Russia. Born in the USSR in 1986.
Subsign: What was your childhood like? Do you think your experiences from childhood have influenced your present creative endeavors?
Igor: My childhood was solitary. At the time I lived in Kazakhstan, in the vast steppes, and alone walked through the fields, where I studied the anatomy of animals and birds. At the same time, I had books on scientific and technological progress of Soviet Union rocket space technology, astronomy, robotics. thus, scientific knowledge and love of the animal world are gathered in my view of the world. and completely shaped my work. In childhood, I also tried to collect pieces of metal and wood, and unfortunately no figures were not preserved.
Subsign: How would you describe your work style?
Igor: Some consider my art to steampunk, but it's more of retrofuturism.
Subsign: Can you share with us how your creative process works?
Igor: The process of creating begins with an idea, I either created from metal or any animal, (by studying his anatomy). Or develop your own idea (e.g. the model of the robot), I don't paint on paper, image per second occurs in my head. I have a very developed imagination, so I can easily come up with any design. Next is to cut out metal from what I can see in your imagination. I use mostly steel. I have the necessary equipment for Metalworking, machinery and tools. and so, the same skills of working with metal. this I learned independently. Each work takes anywhere from 1 month to 2 years (maximum term)
Subsign: How does your workstation look like?
Subsign: What is your favorite work you have done so far?
Igor: The Dove of peace. The dove is a symbol of my creativity.
Subsign: Who do you admire as a visionary?
Igor: I admire dreamers. My favorites are Leonardo da Vinci, James Cameron, Pavel Klushantsev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolev, Giordano Bruno.
Subsign: What advice could you give to someone starting out in the creative field of work?
Igor: My advice to new artists - fantasy and philosophy... Fantasy is creativity, philosophy is the work of reason, develop imagination, and think about the world.
Subsign: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Igor: My ultimate goal and dream is to develop a cybernetic organism, is another kind of intelligent creature on earth after Homo sapiens. if I could do it today, I would do it.
Subsign: Can you recommend for our readers a book, a song and a movie?
- Film - 2001: a Space Odyssey.
- Book - Also sprach Zarathustra
- Song - Alfred Schnittke - Flight
Subsign: What did you wanted to be as a grown up?
Igor: In childhood I dreamed of becoming an Astronaut, and explore a distant planet, and the second dream was this - I wanted to create animals and robots out of metal, but as with the current development of science I can't fly into space, And I realized second dream and I create animal Models.
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