Elena Gileva: Cultural landscape, 2016-2017
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 of historical objects. High saturation of history in select few centres 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.
This series created over 2016-2017 employee the metaphor of a timeless standing stones as timeless objects that accumulate and condense context. Layered cultural references , abstracted through ornament and accumulation create a diverse range of visual appearances. All this is a set for an open interpretation – the viewer is invited to unpack as much as they wish or perceive the sculptures on the bases of formal qualities.
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