Motif: by Vladimir Leben
Type: Embroidered painting
Edition: Limited (20)
Dimension: 82 x 69 cm | 32.3 x 27.2 in
Number of stitches: over 1.5 mio
Thread length: over 19 km | over 11.8 mi
Thread colours: 94
Development: over 450 person hours
When using the subway, Moscow dogs prefer to travel at the very back of the train, as there, a conductor has the least possibilities to discover them and possibly throw them off the train. For the same reason, dogs enter the train as late as possible, only moments before the train moves. Inevitably, sometimes they don’t make it and must travel cavalry style, running alongside the train.
Backup is the excerpt of extra big format embroidery titled A Dog’s Life. A Dog’s Life embroidery is a part of embroidered triptych with the same title. It tells a story of dogs from Moscow suburbs that have learnt how to use the subway and commute to the city centre to find food. Accompanied by embroidered bench, the four art pieces form an installation of a railway station.
Due to its extreme richness in content and in details, the finished artworks themselves have prompted the idea of producing a limited-edition series of smaller works, all based on details from original works. Combined, the excerpts (titled Upload, Backup and Update) retain the message of the original triptych.