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PORTRAIT OF A WARDROBE
It is time to paint a portrait of a wardrobe instead of portraying a man.
Subordinate to fashion companies, commercials and gloss magazines, clothes have become a kind of the identification code, rapidly rooted in the society. It introduces us earlier before we say hello.
Clothes demonstrate our imaginary entity, our understanding of ourselves to the people around. Although things are neutral, they become individualized once in the wardrobe of an individual person. They become retransmitters of personal and social attitudes of their owner. Thus, we are in symbiosis with a garment, when we wear a kind of the social skin every day. But what is going on, when the humanized apparel is left on the shelf? Does a lifeless thing have a right to personal existence? For instance, if clothing is our social face, it can be a subject of the portrait. The Portrait of a Wardrobe series can be called a symbolic portrait of the modern man, since the time always leaves its mark on the clothes.
Simplifying the shape of garments to a sign, purified from details and deprived of color, the artist gives the viewer an opportunity not only to compare himself with the picture, to try on one or another image, but also she sets certain social models, i. e. Single Person, Summer Clothes. In Anticipation, Off-Road, Daily, Well-Dressed, etc. Thus, all main trends of life in the big city are reflected.
The choice of technique and brushwork refer to the culture of the mid-20th century, the period when the current perception of the fashionable image was formed. There appeared the attitude to change of appearance like a game, which ceased to be a privilege of the high society and was established in public consciousness like an opportunity to become a part of one of another community.