Artist: Maksim Shishov
Based in Arkhangelsk, Russia
Culturally Arts Collective features:
"Beyond the Veil", May 29-July 30 2021, Milostka Center for Exhibitions
"Hidden Eyes", April 15-May 27 2022 Milostka Center for Exhibitions
What do you aim to say by the themes in your art?
I focus on minimalistic images that can focus a person's attention, opening doors to the mind. I like to throw people into situations from which they need to look for a way out. The thought process of searching begins. Your brain and senses begin to work in symbiosis, creating new options. Nostalgia and flashbacks, current problems of the world and modern man is something that will always hook people.
Where does your inspiration come from?
By basic education I am a Psychologist and a Teacher of Deviant Behavior, which allows me to analyze people's behavior and experiment in visual. How does it interact with the human mind? Also, new ideas are born in my head when I usually use the Paranoic Critical Method from Salvador Dali.
Do you have experiences that impacted your art?
My art is exclusively but a stronghold of tragic moments that directly affected me or global crisis situations. I am inspired not by joyful moments, but by events that affect me in a negative way. Art in this case acts as a compensation for the balance in life.
Do you feel your art challenges existing barriers?
It's hard for me to judge this. It's probably up to the audience to decide. Rather, I simply criticize man and humanity for their vices and weaknesses. I press on the painful to pay attention.
What are your long-term artistic goals?
I would like to move on to large-scale works (paintings, installations). In my opinion, huge works of art attract a lot of attention, and if it is a work with a social message about any problem, then the reaction of the audience will be immediate. I am also inspired by something calm and peaceful, like the Rothko Chapel. For me, this is the pinnacle of an artist's career.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Don't be afraid to experiment and never follow the beaten path. Each person is unique, and the more varied your methods, the greater the chance that art will become great again. Since in recent decades stagnation is felt. And even computerization does not help to advance it further. Art must speak!