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.

In this series Yelena builds on aesthetic traditions of religious art to create contemporary rituals, icons and altars. For example she appropriates the halo and its placement around the body albeit using everyday objects. These works may be interpreted as an act of blasphemy because Yelena places herself at the centre, commenting on male domination in religious tradition and in particular Russian Orthodox Church.

  • art
  • year: 2016-2017
  • medium: performalist selfportrait, still life
  • dimensions: 40x30cm



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