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Elena Gileva

MA work

Cultural Landscape

History and culture expressed in objects are a fascination expressed throughout my work. Observing and studying formal aspects of artifacts as well as learning their meanings and histories drives me to create contemporary rendering. I am interested in the material culture by means of expression and interpretation. Decoration and surface are my main basis for the transmission of a concept. Abandoning current trends of minimal, modern and postmodern and purely conceptual I take ORNAMENTAL as a subject, object and symbol of the old and new; the spiral movement of history. The object as a power tool is crucial to communicate ideas. In that respect archaeological or museum objects are of great importance. Not only do they tell us a story but they also contain layers of information and significance that informs our understanding of cultures and history. 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.



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2016

  • I am a sculptor interested in history and cultural meaning. Coming from 1990s Russia where history was rewritten, I look back to historic artefacts that create our cultural luggage. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Matter of Objects, Queen Mary University, London, UK, 2016; The Established and The Emerging, Christie’s, London, UK, 2016; Ceramics Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2015; ART GEORGIA, Paris, France, 2014; The Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park end of artist in residence show, Shigaraki, Japan, 2014; Graduation Show, EOF, Paris, France, 2013