Other than being a model for our agency, Stepan is also an imaginative painter. Here, he talks us through his latest work.
I am intrigued by modern society which I define "selfie-narcissistic". I wanted to underline this aspect by this painting me and an ideal clone of myself meeting each other in a digital paradise. I imagined that my clone's brain and mine will be scanned and uploaded into "a cloud", so that our scanned minds will meet up again after our deaths in a digital green-screen space where we will live long happily after.
New balance shoes in this way becomes symbolic. It underlines how we live in a world dominated by brands that become a display of a certain social status, which I imagined follows us even in the afterlife, whereas there shouldn't be any brands in heaven. I chose the brand new balance as I reinvented the "N" logo, making it stand for Narcissism.
The painting is 210cm x 118cm with 16:9 film ratio, oil on green-screen film.