"Cosufferer". A mannequin created expressing a flayed man, wrapped in bubble wrap and marked with a label “Fragile. Handle with care”,185 H x 50 W x 40 cm, 2015
Now that the world is convulsing in accelerating disasters and catastrophes, escaping from reality has never been more appealing to people providing them with a substitution for problem solutions or plunging them into the world of illusions. Like spreading love on virtual objects, religious chimeras or showing pseudo-concern or pseudo-solidarity by applying the color filters to profile pictures on Social Media. We are used to live on the first signal system which doesn’t allow us to perceive another man not as an enemy but as a fellow-sufferer, fragile biological entity, aimlessly left alone to survive in the middle of indifferent Universe. Throughout our lives we are engaged into a meaningless performance that is supposed to convince ourselves and others that we are successful and happy. We keep evaluating ourselves against others and often suffer from such comparison. We become mannequins radiating pain all around us. Appreciation of common suffering pulls us together and welds into a seamless whole, teaches us to be more tolerant, patient, merciful, indulgent and capable of love – that is what we all lack.
"Life clock", mirror, glass, steel. Size: 59 H x 54 W x 7 cm, 2015
To kill the illusion of a life line that is capable of getting extended or delayed I’ve designed a symbolic clock with a life line drawn in the middle of it and connecting two dots – Birth and Death. There is a red magnetic arrow labelled “You are here” which has to be moved along the line to indicate your current location. This confrontation with death gives a chance to wake up from sluggish, ordinary existence, get moving, feel real life and take personal responsibility for living it to become a “Übermensch” in the end.
“There's gotta be something better than this”, acrylic on PVC film, metal mesh and barbed wire, 91 x 155 cm, 2017
Destroying the walls of the cage and rushing to freedom, we simply get into a more spacious courtyard of a more capacious.
Indie Ru is a Russian artist recently based in Los Angeles. She is the two-time laureate of the International Exhibition & Competition of Contemporary Arts “RUSSIAN ART WEEK”. Indie Ru's solo exhibitions were in Italy and at the Museum of Modern Art in Russia. The main subject of her art is transhumanism. Indie Ru creates and promotes art, which draws attention to our struggle with aging and illnesses, art about the fear of death and the fear of life. Her goal is to support scientific projects that aim to cure deadly diseases and to extend healthy human lifespan.