Igor and Marina are a Russian duo that delve into the intricaties of symbiosis and balance. Not only do they manage to be married, working together and not kill each other, they create the most sumptuous oil paintings that layer abstract, traditional and symbolic elements like a glorious, golden baclava.
We are artists, which is an excellent thing. We are married, also an excellent thing. We work together-not necessarily an excellent thing. What do we mean by this? Clearly, it isn’t that we don’t find inspiration in each other’s work or ideas. However, on a practical level, it is hard to avoid some problems.First of all, though we have been together for twenty years, whenever we work on a picture together,we spend most of our time arguing. Perhaps this isn’t all that surprising. Van Gogh and Gauguin tried to work together in Arles. They stood side-by-side, produced some wonderful work, and ultimately came to hate each other. Our task may even be harder. They weren’t married after all, and we don’t want to end of hating each other. Still, as we say, working together generally produces conflict rather than peace.
In this synthesis of Western post-renaissance art with the Russian tradition, the religious tradition in particular, that has, we think, given our work a new and unusual profile. We attempt to combine what might seem to be the uncombinable – the bold colors of contemporary artistic practice with the achievements of the Renaissance, to which we add some surrealist notes to give a new meaning to familiar images, placing them in unexpected frames, forcing the viewer to enter our invented world and to experience a new world of his or her own.