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Olga Grotova

MA work

When a beam of sunlight soaks through my studio window I see trembling particles of dust suspended in mid-air. This quotidian observation paints an image of time where past, future and present exist simultaneously, drifting on the edge of chaos within the system we describe as the contemporary.  My work deals with the aftermath of the temporal disturbances and traces the fallout of established historic forms. 

My narratives are constructed around a kaleidoscopic timeline, which shuffles the temporary planes inside a work’s hermetic system. Intermixing processes, like a manual 16mm camera with contemporary digital footage, traditional painting with digital collage and printmaking, create the pretence of a presence of numerous distinct storylines and chronologies.  


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2016

  • Degrees

  • PGDip Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Notes. App, Dyson Gallery, London, 2016; Stuarts Law RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Megabodega, Family Business Gallery, New York, 2013; Performance, ritual, symbolic action: rite as play, Hayward Gallery, London, 2012; A Spring That We Have All Been Waiting For, Guest Projects, London, 2012
  • Publications

  • A Joyful Archipelago, Olga Grotova, sponsored by the Outset fund