Andry Bartenev is an artist who works across the specialisms of painting, graphics, and ceramics but is mainly known for his extravagant costume design and sculptural performance.
These images are from his "Botanical Ballet," of 1992.
"Mandorla is an oval halo, almond-shaped shining depicted around the figure, found in icons.In this case, the principle of shell oval represents protection, impermeability to external influences and human`s existence in its own reality." Vanera Kazarova
"I create clothes for theater and contemporary choreography, as well as paper, cut objects for decorating the space and photo shoots.
In my work, I try to combine my love and passion towards paper & fabric with the use of both materials as well as plastic utensils, polyethylene and everything that comes to hand, especially vintage stuff." Venera Kazarova
"‘Hypnosis’ reflects the beauty and complexity of our environment, exploring the patterns and structures within its fragile landscape ∞ the ‘Hypnosis’ technique, developed in collaboration with Professor Philip Beesley involves ten of thousands of plotter-cut mini ripples that continuously dissect the dress through each movement of the body, revealing skin in between the whimsical spheroid patterns that are designed to move faster than the eye can follow." Iris Van Herpen
"For 15 years I have created sculptural costumes and clothing that can not be worn. My field of interest is the human body and the various forms it can take. That is why my projects are sometimes called exoskeletons: they are complex, intricate and necessarily symmetrical. My new project is inspired by radiolarians - tiny organisms that inhabit the world's oceans. Their skeletons have a complex, architectural form. Some radiolarians contain algal symbionts - organisms that live inside a foreign body and do not harm it, but help. This idea inspired me to think of the exoskeleton as a form of protecting the subtle life, which is hidden under a solid structure." Nika Danielska