II International Biennale “Klyukva” in Kozlovka village, Komi Respublic, Russia 2013

The aim of the Biennale was to go beyond the urban consc

Time is running at high speed. The life that proceeded hundred years ago, now appears an antiquity to us. Ceramic artwork “The Return” is an attempt to return to the roots, to understand and accept the traditional lifestyle, where the reflection of the modern life could be found.

iousness. Artists from Estonia, Poland and Russia are used to live in the rural environment, devoid of the usual working conditions.

About my work:

Time is running at high speed. The life that proceeded hundred years ago, now appears an antiquity to us. Ceramic artwork “The Return” is an attempt to return to the roots, to understand and accept the traditional lifestyle, where the reflection of the modern life could be found.

The work is made of local clay, which was found in a ravine not far from the nearest river. Textures on the ceramic surface are the impressions of the old wooden house logs. These prints are memories of the past. It is a peculiar map, which depicts not only the age of the house but also the history of the area. Details of the work resemble traditional domestic utensils: a pot and pieces of millstones.

Vladimir Durnev The Return

“Formula of the Kozlovka Village” is a trace imprinted in the clay which keeps the memory of the place. It also preserves the history of an old wooden house where I used to stay during the International Biennale. The materials that make up the composition belong to this old building. Formula is a sunset on the river, a traditional way of life and the memory of the past; it is a reflection about the environment and the future within the context of the unity of man and nature. This work is not only an attempt to learn about life in the village, but the thoughts of the harmonious existence into the future.

Formula of the village Kozlovka. Ceramics, wood, flax. 34x41 cm

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