Oleg Vassiliev, Автопортрет (Self-Portrait I), 2000
"To me, the visible and tangible world is more a thing of remembrance than of perceptions of reality. The present is saturated with the past as a live sponge is saturated with water: through the workings of memory, light comes from the past and illuminates, snatches out of the dark that which is not of this moment. That light is the very essence of remembrance… The deeper one delves into the past, the more powerful the stream of light. And somewhere over there, beyond the boundaries of the discernible, it turns into a river of golden light. In that river my life drowns, and everything that was before lives."
- from “On Memory”