Alexander Dedov is a Russian artist and sculptor from St. Petersburg, formerly an object designer (British Higher School of Design). The hobby of metal sculpting for Dedov began in 2006 when he first tried welding random scrap metal objects in his garage with a transformer; since then, the hobby has become a passion and a life-long endeavor.
His sculptures and art-objects is inspired by the industrial, post-apocalyptic energy of abandoned cities and industrial zones. Gloomy and alienating at first glance, Dedov's works reveal humanistic ideas of the best human aspirations.
Dedov defines his works as the unity of three large-scale phenomena: material, technology, and the power of thought. Metal, which has been mined by man since ancient times and is the foundation of form, becomes, at this point, a unity of three large-scale phenomena: the material and the power of thought.
This time interlinks with the technologies of civilization, which are constantly being improved. Thanks to technologies that didn't exist 20 or 30 years ago, the material can take ever more innovative forms. Finally, connecting with the creative spiritual power of the author, his imagination, the form acquires an idea and becomes true art.
Alexander Dedov's series of works "SELF" is dedicated to the processes of human self-identification. Externally the sculptures are united by recurring elements of the marine environment. The artist is connected with this element by his origin: Dedov refers himself to the ethnographic group of the Pomors, which is located in the northern part of Russia on the coast of the White Sea. The Pomors are a people who have been associated with fishing for centuries.
The artist portrays the relationship of the people with the geography of natural sources on a metaphysical level. He embodies images of silent underwater creatures, which have a sacred meaning for man and are closely intertwined with his thinking and perception of the world.
Through symbolic images, close to the spirit of Dedov, the sculptor reveals the factors of psychological formation of personality: internal reflection, the search for identity, as well as the relationship of man with nature and himself.