Putin portrait gets the bullet

SHELLING IT OUT: Ukrainian artist Daria Marchenko with her artwork ‘The Face of War’ depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Picture: EPA
SHELLING IT OUT: Ukrainian artist Daria Marchenko with her artwork ‘The Face of War’ depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: EPA

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.

-AFP

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