I was born in Moscow and I came
to Sydney with my family when I was 10 years old. I've lived
here for 11 years and it's hard to tell at this point whether that's had any influence on my work.
I have very few memories of my childhood and I have very few photos and virtually no possessions left that would trigger any kind of childhood memory, so I find myself replaying a lot of my childhood memories in my dreams. And they get layered with kind of fantasies from dreams as well. So when I'm in my waking state, I still believe that those things have happened but I start to question whether they actually did because they come out
so surreal. That's the kind of things that I explore in my work
and they allow me to reconnect with my childhood.
I really love the photographic works of Lewis Carroll because he was one of the first Victorian photographers to depict children in their own world rather than very still and silent. And I also really love Loretta Lux because in her work, she creates a very uncanny realm of childhood. And I'm also interested in psychoanalysis 'cause
it explores dreams and memories. My inspiration also comes from silent films and Victorian medical and post-mortem photography, and, of course, a lot of children's books illustrations like 'The Little Prince' and 'Narnia' and 'Alice in Wonderland' as well.
After I graduate
, I would really love to exhibit my own work and try and make it as an artist as well, which is really, really terrifying. And in the future, I would also like to be doing art direction on films and children's
books. As much as I would love to go back to Moscow and St Petersburg and visit where I grew up
, I want to preserve my childhood memories just the way they are. And that's held me back for 11 years, but I'm going next year, so we'll see what happens.