"I was about twenty-five when I thought that I didn't really know my "self." I felt a vast world inside me but couldn't see it at all. It seemed to lead its own life, full of feelings and emotions.


One day, the idea came to me to depict one of these emotions. I placed the volumetric letter "I" at the centre of a triangular canvas. Then, I coloured the image with black and orange.


The resulting painting accurately conveyed my emotion. I looked at it and saw something that had previously existed only within me. I realised that I could see my inner world if I painted its pictures.


Since the creation of the first painting, more than a decade has passed, and I continue with interest to create my "selves." They are like pieces of a puzzle that come together to form a self-portrait of my inner world."—Ilya Yod.