There is something to be said for falling in love with something you don’t understand and can’t explain. A poem in an ancient text. A song in a foreign language. This. This is how I see the work of Russian born illustrator Vania Zouravliov. His work speaks in history. It’s Old World. Catacombs. A rusted dialect — drawings uncovered, illustrating a world forgotten.
Zouravliov’s poster for Lord of the Rings accomplishes something astonishing — it gives the story the taste of a lost text, making the fantasy real. These illustrations are at the ready to disintegrate — his figures captured in dust.