"I've always avoided representing people in my paintings. This decision was prompted by a realization: our world is awash with an incessant stream of self-portraits, a testament to our species' intrinsic self-centredness. But one day, I realised that there's also something that compels us to craft self-representations. It's the need to reflect on ourselves. Then I decided to create an image of humanity that would offer a fresh insight into our essence. I deconstructed and recomposed the human form with cubes, giving it an abstract dimension that I believe would encourage a more thoughtful perspective on humans."—Ilya Yod.