Artist StatementElena Volkova: Statement -Art is what has happened to the viewer Robert Irwin 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. It is simply there. In the liminal state, the boundaries and factors dissolve, bringing to the attention the low-key overlooked moments. In Paperscapes, a series of graphite representational drawings and photographs of pieces of paper, I would like to bring the viewer’s attention to the discrepancy between reality and artifice. Employing the ideas of trompe-l’oil, I am interested in the threshold between the real and the false, and the moment at which the two become interchangeable. These photographs and drawings are of ordinary, commonplace, and familiar objects, bringing the viewer’s attention to the neutrality of a piece of paper, as well as its potential.
Elena Volkova was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the U.S. in 1994. She earned two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art: an MFA in Studio Arts as well as a BFA in Photography.
Elena's current body of work follows the post-minimalist aesthetic and focuses on the idea of liminal space, as well as legibility and the limited amount of information that is needed for a viewer to perceive a subject. Volkova’s work brings attention to the everyday overlooked moments as well as addresses the viewer's interaction with an art space.
Volkova has received several recognitions and awards, including the Janis Meyer Traveling Fellowship, Hamiltonian Fellowship, Sondheim semi-finalist awards well as Vermont Studio Fellowship. She has exhibited her work regionally and internationally.
Volkova resides in Baltimore, MD.