painful subjects

In 2016 Yelena began to work on a visual diary that she published on Instagram to explore influence of social media on her artistic process. The idea was to document one artwork a day following Julia Cameron's advice in The Artist's Way. By appropriating the motto: start where you are, do what you can with what you have, Yelena undertook the challenge to commit at least 30 minutes a day to her artistic practice, despite her limitations. Instead of a studio, that she does not have, Yelena used any available background in her house. Because of a lack of funds for materials, Yelena used anything at hand that she already had, investing the bare minimum when needed, while recycling as much as possible.

While exploring alternative interactions with objects Yelena's pathological relationship to things as an obsessive-compulsive hoarder began to reflect in her work. Resulting images produce a slight discomfort in the viewer. During the making process Yelena was often confronted with anxiety that led to a recurring artist block. While reading Rollo May she discovered that anxiety is a necessary part of creativity. Only by confronting anxiety can the artist reach true creative expression and make art. By exposing her mental struggle in the encounter with the World, Yelena provokes the audience to think and give meaning to her work.

  • art
  • year: 2016-2017
  • medium: performalist self-portrait
  • dimensions: 40x30cm





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