In this work, I’m exploring an idea of boundaries. The physical borders representing the remit of statehood, as well as the symbolic boundaries we create to identify ourselves. And I’m particularly intrigued by what lies in between. The no-man’s land in our consciousness we discover when we question our assigned-at-birth identity. This particularly manifests itself when living beyond family and native language, due to voluntary emigration or exile. Being neither fully here nor there can give rise of internal tensions and vulnerability. Being suspended in this in-between state gives an opportunity to question what national identity is and what it is not.
I want to explore these ideas using the language of abstraction. There is a connection between the beginning of the movement of the XX century and the current revival of abstract art. Present-day social and political tensions are evocative of those of the modernist era. The uncertainty of financial crisis, populist politics and rapid developments in science are making us waver between feelings of enthusiasm and despair.