«The inscription in Budnikov's paintings is realized as an abstraction, breaking the habit of seeing a narrative, information, and concreteness in it. The artist raises the very concept of language and speech to the level of a philosophical category, a multidimensional phenomenon, a living organism that changes, leaves traces, undergoes metamorphosis, sheds old skin. Displays the inscription, the word from usability.
Budnikov emphasizes the freedom of interpretation, returning to art the right to life through co-creation with those who perceive, ignoring the question «What did the artist want to say?». Because the artist's job is not to say but to speak, encourage others to work to hear, live, think, and perhaps say something to themselves. Or the world».
From the text of Konstantin Doroshenko «What the artist wanted to say», 2019