An emanation of The Supreme Goddess as Void, with projection- space for image, I imagine.
Ergemov was a Russian Soviet avant-garde painter and graphic artist; he lived in Saratov and Moscow. Here, inside the rectangular frame, he has inscribed oкнo сатиры (OKNO SATIRY is the English phonetic). It translates as Satire Window.
From wikipedia :
If I read it correctly, the design appears to be for a cut-out standing figure: an artist, with a pen in one hand and an open-palm gesture for the other, who creates and presents the latest Rosta poster.
Rosta Windows or Satirical Rosta Windows were stencil-replicated propaganda posters created by artists and poets within the Rosta system, under the supervision of the Chief Committee of Political Education during 1919-21. Inheriting the Russian design traditions of lubok and rayok, the main topics were current political events. They were usually displayed in windows, hence the name.The first Rosta window was created in Moscow by Mikhail Cheremnykh (1890-1962). He was soon joined by Vladimir Mayakovsky, a popular and prolific author, Dmitry Moor (1883-1946), Alexander Rodchenko, and others.
Maybe this is also a portrait of Egorov, the artist whose pencil has drawn a pen that draws into being the [ projection-space for image ]. And is that a knowing wink of the eye as well?
Post Script :
On tonight's TV News former Australian Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson, about to retire from Parliament, was shown standing beside a political poster of his own face. Very much in the mode of the Egorov design, in this photo from The Age he is holding with one hand a formal rectangular projection-space onto which he has painted two words. With his other hand he waves to passes-by. Plus ça change!
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something . . .