Artist comments:
This is the first time I took part in a competition of such magnitude, and I’m very pleased my work is so highly appreciated! No, the word “pleased” cannot express all that range of emotions one feels at such moment. My wife, my parents feel proud of me. That is the very thing that is worth fighting for: to bring happiness to your loved ones.
As for the artwork, in fact, I was pretty worried about its position among the works of other participants.
Before I get started, I’ve learned a lot of materials, reviewed hundreds of photos, and studied the AutoPACK 3D model. How and what is there.
And over some time realized that I had somehow change the initial “correct” form of HIV, in the direction of artistic exaggeration, since I did not want just to render a model, but to express in the form and shape the depth of the problem, and I decided to stop on this. Consciously decided to make an artistic exaggeration, but knowing that my work can cause a controversial reaction from respected judges. Because they DO know how real HIV looks like!
I am very grateful to them for the fact that my thoughts and what I wanted to express in the form, in some way violating the “truth”, understood and appreciated. This means I did it! I have express in this work the pain, suffering and fear of unknown, which in inconceivable tandem go hand in hand with physical beauty, light feelings of love and passion.
I would like also to thank the organizers of this interesting contest as well as the authors autoPACK software. Thank you for having given such a wonderful opportunity to express our thoughts. I love the theme of microbiology, work in it, and if in the future here will be organized competitions on other similar subjects – I will take part in them, for sure! I’m also grateful to all the participants with whom we walked shoulder to shoulder during the competition. You were strong and worthy! Well done!
Judges’ comments:
“The benchmark image as far as I’m concerned.” –
“Stunning and inspirational. I’m in awe. This is exactly the type of artistic engagement I was hoping the story of HIV could evoke. I’m thrilled to see artistic license used with such precise intent.” – G. Johnson (host)


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