Block title

Share:

About elena

elena volkova's picture
Elena Volkova was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, and she moved to the U.S. in 1994. She earned two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art: a MFA in Studio Arts as well as a BFA in Photography. Elena's current body of work follows post-minimalist aesthetic and focuses on the idea of liminal space, as well as legibility, or the limited amount of information that is needed for a viewer to perceive a subject. It also addresses the viewer's awareness of boundaries and their interaction... more

Waterlines

"Waterlines" is a collection of black and white and color photographs of water waves, snow, and clouds. Taken from nature, the images suggest tenuity and ephemerality. Clouds, waves, and snowscapes presented on paper with minimum information and vast areas of blank paper suggest interplay between positive and negative space, image and frame, as well as bring the viewerâ??s attention to the reductive nature of the work.

Airscapes

Airscapes is a collection of large scale photo-based prints of clouds that explores the idea of interchange between nothing and something, and its manifestation in everyday reality.

Window Project

Where to draw a line between ocean and shore?
Several concepts come to mind when thinking about liminality: uncertainty, as well as openness, potential, and the state of becoming, between-ness, transition, neutrality. The state of Neither-Nor (or Either-Or, quantitatively holding the same value and relevance in opposition). The Liminal surrounds us; it is the periphery of every moment of our existence, the behind-the-scenes of our reality; it makes no judgments and no assertions; it constitutes our everyday mundane poetry. In is simply there. In the liminal state, the boundaries and factors dissolve, bringing to the attention the low-key overlooked moments.
In my recent body of work, I explore the idea of liminal space. By juxtaposing life-size photographs against the real environment where these photos were taken, I would like to question viewerâ??s perception of real and imaginary space, as well as invite the viewer to contemplate the surrounding and become aware of mundane and often overlooked details of the environment.

One of my ongoing projects concentrates on windows. A window is liminal: it is a transition between the inside and the outside, while being neither one nor the other, or perhaps bothâ?¦ Windows bring us glimpses of what is on the other side; they are the means of our expectations, and often our hopes, exciting and at times unpleasant surprises. However, if a window is a neutral entity and only the means to either confirm or deny our expectation regarding â??the other sideâ?, it still serves its liminal purpose; it is merely a threshold.

PROOFS

In her recent body of work, Volkova explores the idea of liminal space. By juxtaposing life-size photographs against the real environment where these photos were taken, the intent is to question viewerâ??s perception of real and imaginary space, as well as invite the viewer to contemplate the surrounding and become aware of mundane and often overlooked details of the environment.

Fortune Drawings

In Paperscapes, a series of graphite representational drawings of pieces of paper on white paper, I would like to bring the viewerâ??s attention to the discrepancy between art and reality. Employing the ideas of trompe-lâ??oil, I am interested in the threshold between the real and the false, and the moment at which the two become interchangeable. These drawings are of ordinary, commonplace, and familiar objects, bringing the viewerâ??s attention to the neutrality of a piece of paper, as well as its potential.

Proofs II

Proofs is a site-specific photography installation that invites the viewer to examine the space as well as his/her own relationship to the environment. The images are photographs of the space, some printed exact size of the spacial detail, and re-introduced back into the space, creating dichotomy between the real and the imaginary. Emphasizing the sense of emptiness, Volkova photographed the details of the empty gallery environment, paying close attention to light and shadows, as well as subtle details that exist in the space. The untraditional display of the photographs creates a specific relationship between the viewer's body, artwork, and the environment. The goal for this project is to bring attention to the overlooked moment of the everyday.

In Between. A site-specific installation

This site-specific exhibition was conceived as a reaction to overlooked details in the gallery space, as well as intended to bring the viewer's attention to the liminal state that exists between the artwork and the real environment. All pieces are graphite on paper.

  • Untitled (from In Between. Installation)

    In this site specific installation the pieces are installed in a row across from each other. The piece on the left is a drawing of the shadow that is cast by the piece on the right. And the piece on the right represents a shadow found in the gallery. When the installation is viewed, I intend to invite the viewer to employ apperception, memory, and comparison, as well as question the boundary of the real and the imaginary.
  • Untitled. In Between installation shot

    In this site specific installation the pieces are installed in a row across from each other. The piece on the left is a drawing of the shadow that is cast by the piece on the right. And the piece on the right represents a shadow found in the gallery. When the installation is viewed, I intend to invite the viewer to employ apperception, memory, and comparison, as well as question the boundary of the real and the imaginary.
  • Untitled (Key Light)

    This graphite-on-paper piece represents the exact shadows that were cast by the pieces that were previously displayed on the gallery wall.
  • Untitled (from In Between(

    In this site specific installation the pieces are installed in a row across from each other. The piece on the left is a drawing of the shadow that is cast by the piece on the right. And the piece on the right represents a shadow found in the gallery. When the installation is viewed, I intend to invite the viewer to employ apperception, memory, and comparison, as well as question the boundary of the real and the imaginary.
  • Untitled

    In this site specific installation the pieces are installed in a row across from each other. The piece on the left is a drawing of the shadow that is cast by the piece on the right. And the piece on the right represents a shadow found in the gallery. When the installation is viewed, I intend to invite the viewer to employ apperception, memory, and comparison, as well as question the boundary of the real and the imaginary.

Paperscapes

Paperscapes is a series of graphite and silverpoint drawings that brings attention to simple overlooked moments of the everyday. In this body of work, Volkova focuses on the relationship between the real and the imaginary and the way the marginal and the peripheral exists as the main subject of the work. In Folds, Volkova examines the landscape that exists in the paper by reiterating the shadows with pencil marks. These drawings are "light-specific", and have to be carefully lit from a certain angle when on view. In the Edge, a series of 20x30 silverpoints, the viewer is invited to examine the drawing of a shadow in the relationship to the actual shadow casted on the wall.

elena's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.