This atwork is inspired by a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds first published in 1898. The novel is a first-person narrative of both an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel has been variously interpreted as a commentary on evolutionary theory, British imperialism, and generally Victorian superstitions, fears and prejudices. It’s one of the first stories that started a literary craze for tales that aroused imaginations and anxieties about hypothetical invasions by foreign powers.
Aliens is a response to the current chaos rocking the world. The confrontation between major political powers in the world is escalating, while proxy wars in the Middle East and the general economic malaise in third world countries have unleashed the largest mass migration since World War II. The elimination of borders with the collapse of Soviet Union, the accompanying expansion of the European Union, and the repercussions of the Arab Spring have paradoxically led to an increase in tensions, particularly between migrants and host nations. Against this complicated backdrop, how do people and societies more broadly respond to the challenges of integration and assimilation posed by “invaders”?
And, on another level, we treat the environment like aliens that have another planet to leave to?
The choice of medium is drawn from childhood memories. These enamel bowls were widely used for domestic chores in households throughout the USSR. When used as covers on top of one another, the dishes are reminiscent of UFOs. However, rather than aggressive invaders, in these sculptures, I have reimagined these aliens as alternative beings that are not quite threatening, but each with their own personality.