Editor's Note

Alina Isaeva
Art is the form-creating reflection of reality. The aestheticization of everyday life dates back to the Paleolithic era, when primitive forms — lines, contours, and silhouettes — served as reflections of existence. Painting, as a means of capturing reality, has evolved intentionally: there is always something exceptional, something that captures our attention and stirs our consciousness. This object becomes observable, understandable, and reproducible.

Art movements span all variations of our interaction with the world, reinterpreting every aspect of existence through new symbolic systems. These symbols captivate our consciousness, evoking related images that hold personal significance. Memories, dreams, musings — these are the feelings born under the influence of art, immersing us in a comprehensive experience of the depicted moments of life. It is no longer just a painting, photograph, or melody, but a shared emotional impression with the creator.

Since art encapsulates subjective reality, it inevitably draws on material themes present in everyone’s life, differing only in focus, material content, and personal beliefs. This is why the dynamics of art are often seen as merely reproductions of previously created cultural heritage objects, which is partly true. A vivid illustration of this phenomenon is the legend of Don Juan, chronicled by Tirso de Molina, Molière, Byron, Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Gumilev. There are over 30 artistic biographies of this "eternal character," yet each work is a distinct masterpiece of creative endeavor.

Today, as art continues its evolution, it increasingly demonstrates its utilitarian function, justifying our desire to possess beauty. Interior paintings, craft art objects, reproductions of renowned works — we strive to be closer to art as it becomes more accessible to us. And today, the spotlight shines brightly on contemporary art.