In 2017 I embarked on a 5 week journey across the Trans-Siberian railroad. My time on the train was spent in the third-class car, called a platzkart, where over fifty people live and sleep for up to a week without doors, locks or showers. While passing through long stretches of untouched nature, cell connection was spotty and getting a chance to plug into one of the only two power outlets was difficult. I have not yet encountered a better place to get to know strangers. This portrait series depicts people on a journey, away from the comforts and familiarity of home. The portraits are framed with designs based on the places we passed while conversation flowed, as I found myself opening up to strangers I had just met and would never see again.

detail of 'Wild, Drunken, Free.'

Most 3D works include wooden masks that I create as a collaboration with my father (Viktor Krylov), who currently lives abroad. The project functions as a way for us to work together in creative collaboration over Skype. We pull ideas from Russian folklore, culture and life. He creates rough wooden masks that I then paint, embellish with hair, clay details and jewelry, before transforming them into paintings. The creatures we create are not real and are hence unbound by the superficial realities of the human experience. Instead, I believe their painted surroundings to be an expression of their quirky, strange, and, often unappealing, inner worlds. I see them as woodsy caricatures of the human experience.

mbta dreaming, 2.5X3.5 ft, oil on canvas, 2016

I am fascinated with the sculpture, art and folklore that reminds me of values of the past. These oil paintings are colorful and expressive Interpretations of monuments frozen in time.


Currently up on Artist's Row and Peabody St. in Salem MA.

(c), 2017, Margarita Krylova