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Elena Gileva

London / United Kingdom

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Installation, Sculpture • Born in Saint-Petersburg / Russia • Studied at London / United Kingdom
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Published  25/10/2018

Collector of sorts

Fascination with history and culture contained in objects is expressed throughout my work. Observing and studying formal aspects of artifacts as well as learning their meanings and histories drives me to create their contemporary renderings. I am interested in the material culture, in its expression and interpretation. Decoration and surface are my main basis for the transmission of a concept. Abandoning current trends of minimal,...

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Fascination with history and culture contained in objects is expressed throughout my work. Observing and studying formal aspects of artifacts as well as learning their meanings and histories drives me to create their contemporary renderings. I am interested in the material culture, in its expression and interpretation. Decoration and surface are my main basis for the transmission of a concept. Abandoning current trends of minimal, modern/postmodern and purely conceptual, I take ORNAMENTAL as a subject and symbol of the old and new - the spiral movement of history.
The object as a power tool is crucial to communicate ideas. In that respect archaeological or museum (historical) objects are of great importance. They tell us a story and contain layers of information and significance that form our understanding of cultures and history. Cultural luggage and heritage is what makes us who we are. The narratives created through the agency of relics are a base of our collective consciousness, however in the contemporary world the axis of histories has been shifted through the displacement historical objects. High saturation of history in select few centers creates hyper culture whilst stripping its owners of the rights to it. One singular object is never enough for a full picture, it is rather through a group or sequence, a composition of them that those speculations and theories can be made. Acting as a ‘collector’ of surfaces, ideas and shapes I seek to assemble an eternal universe of my own".

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Clay. It brings endless possibility through diverse processes and tactility, expression that are ingrained in its nature.

What themes do you pursue?

Fascination with history and culture contained in objects is expressed throughout my work.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Jomon period vessel

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

historian

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

my garden


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2017

FOUNT. Cornucopia. Airspacegallery , Stoke-on-Trent

Cultural landscape. Galerie de L'ancienne Poste, France

GROUP

2019

Nakanojo Biennial 2019. Gunma, Japan

2017

GYEONGGI International Ceramic Biennale. Icheon, South Korea

2016

The Ingram Collection’s Inaugural Purchase Prize Exhibition for Young Contemporary Talent. London, UK

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GALLERIES

ZOMBORI MGMT | www.zombori.net

PUBLICATIONS

Elena Gileva’s striking sculptures wrestle with Russia’s past

Connaissance des arts. Nouveau Talent. p 110 - 111 September 2017

Arts Magazine International. n 10 Nouvelle serie. p.20 September 2017

AWARDS

Developing Your Creative practice, Arts Council England 2018

EDUCATION (detailed)

2013 Parsons Paris School of Art and Design

2016 Royal College of Art


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