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 Between is a series of graphite drawings, in which subject matter is light. Bringing attention to the shadows and hgihlights that constitute an image, my goal is to make the viewer an active participant of the installation, where the act of looking, perceiving, and comparing is emphasized.
In this body of work, I would like to bring the viewer’s attention to the discrepancy between art and reality. 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. The graphite drawings are of ordinary, commonplace, and the familiar, bringing the viewer’s attention to the neutrality of a piece of paper, as well as its potential.
Artist Bio / CV
Elena Volkova was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, and she moved to the U.S. in 1994. She earned two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art: a MFA in Studio Arts as well as a BFA in Photography.
Elena's current body of work follows post-minimalist aesthetic and focuses on the idea of liminal space, as well as legibility, or the limited amount of information that is needed for a viewer to perceive a subject. It also addresses the viewer's awareness of boundaries and their interaction with an art space.
Volkova has received several recognitions and awards, including the Janis Meyer Traveling Fellowship, which allowed her to photograph remote areas of Russia in 2003. In 2010, she was awarded Hamiltonian Fellowship.
Volkova resides in Baltimore, MD. She teaches art at Seton Keough High School, and an adjunct Photography professor at Goucher College.