OL: Unfortunately Ukraine experienced Chernobyl catastrophe, this event, among others, caused a huge impact on the ecology, and brought pollution into many countries aside Ukraine. Have you ever thought to integrate or bring this topic in your artworks?
DU: This catastrophe has become a source of income for modern businessmen and entrepreneurs, so I don’t dig or even touch there, not to mention that there are rumors that this catastrophe was artificially provoked by the USSR authorities. My idea is to purify the soul through the purification of the river/water. It’s impossible to grab and try to pay attention to everything, so it’s very important to draw people’s attention at least to the problem of dying rivers in Kyiv.
OL: Can you think of the ecological problem/place/picture that overwhelmed you? Something that you still consider as the most urgent and prior issue to solve.
DU: Ecology of the small historical rivers of Kyiv. With the example of purifying one small river, I want to show people all over the world that such purifying should be applied to all nature.
OL: In Kyiv, there is a street in the city center where a lot of artists and craftsmen sell their art. Do you exhibit on the streets or prefer to sell online?
DU: Most of the street markets in Kyiv are monopolized by the criminal elements, but soon I want to try to promote my art on the street too and in the web space. But, unfortunately, I do not have enough money, connections, and experience for web promotion and sales of paintings.
OL: Choosing the path of recycling art have you ever came across the struggle of “not acceptable”? Meaning, people usually look for oil, acrylic and other more traditional art.
DU: Now a few people, especially in Ukraine, fully understand the essence of my work and what I want to convey. Specifically, the painters condemn my art style until they see my paintings personally.
OL: Speaking globally, what would you wish to change in the World to stop the pollution? Or have you ever thought of the laws that you wish to appear/ programs that you wish to integrate that could solve the ecological situation?
DU: First thoughts are about all the plastic in the oceans, so dream to build artificial plastic islands. Solve the problem of inaccessible housing by constructing entire residential arrays of oceanic plastics waste. At the moment, entrepreneurs are already creating construction bricks from plastic, using a thermal press, to create residential buildings no less bright and colorful than my paintings. Also, I am dreaming about creating widescreen 3D interiors and plastic sculptures.
OL: Your art is a perfect way of spreading awareness of current ecological problems. You truly send a very meaningful message to people of all ages. Can you share with our visitors and readers what shall we anticipate next? What projects or plans do you have for the nearest future?
DU: As mentioned earlier, this is a more global format of work, exhibitions in the form of functional interiors, usage of plastic in industrial architecture, change the attitude of people to plastic, make people friends with plastic and not enemies. So that each person thinks about his decision before littering and so we begin to watch for cleanliness around ourselves for the sake of us and sake of the next generations.
I would also like to gain recognition from the ecological point of view, at least on the Kyiv scale. I also really want more people to reach the perception of such recycled works of art.