A YOUNG Ukrainian artist has captured global media attention by creating a striking portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin out of 5 000 bullet shells.
Daria Marchenko’s The Face of War – a remarkably realistic and politically tinged depiction of Putin in a dark suit and red tie – stands more than 2m tall and dominates the artist’s studio apartment.
“Sleeping in the same room with him was a bit scary at first, but I got used to it,” the artist and graphic designer, 33, said.
She draws the window curtains and picks up a hand-held lamp to reveal how the face of the Russian leader, 62, changes expression under different light.
“He can be proud, confused or serious. He can look like a person on a Soviet poster or he can be Superman,” Marchenko said.