Elena Gileva

Fascination with history and culture contained in objects is expressed throughout my work. Observing and studying formal aspects of artifacts as well as finding 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. 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 of historical objects. Acting as a ‘collector’ of surfaces, ideas and shapes I seek to assemble an alternative universe.

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