Lecture "Five Elements of War or the Evolution of Dictatorship" - University of Washington in Seattle - April 24, 2017 (Daria Marchenko, Daniel D Green)

Wars represent an integral part of social life beginning with fights with stone axes in the Paleolitic to massive of today . With the development of civilization, nations - learning from their mistakes - came to an understanding of rights and the basic concepts of justice: Laws, both internal and international. They created practice of treaties and international conventions under the influence of the bitter consequences of war. However, dictatorship had been evolving as well as the law, but with much more sophisticated methods of suppression ensured by the modern intellectual level.


The topic of the global evolution of dictatorship is represented in our art – in conceptual philosophical symbolism, in pictures with the power of signification, historical power and the force of epic dramatism.


The art works presented in the Series “Five Primary Elements of War or The Evolution of Dictatorship” are used as philosophical patterns, showing with the language of symbols something not expressible with words…….. With the help of art and brush we make an anatomical history cross-section, we try to access the depths of its processes, hidden from the eyes of ordinary people. We want to understand, why does power dominate over law so often causes for wars and the evolution of dictatorship...



The Series “Five Primary Elements of War or The Evolution of Dictatorship“ consists of the following art works: “The Face of War”, “The Heart of War”, “The Brain of War”, “The Flesh of War” and “The fifth element or man-shell-money”. Every work has its own meaning as a separate art-work, but is, at the same time, interconnected with the other paintings, thus creating an overall composition. The piecesAlchemy” and “Honour” supplement the concept of the series.

Thanks to optical methods and specific character of materials used, almost all works in the series can be viewed dynamically. The pieces are composed of acrylic and oil paints, shells of different calibers, splinters of bombs and rockets, gold, bronze, steel, banknotes, optical glasses and military shoulder boards.





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