Elizaveta Konovalova was born in 1986 in Moscow. From 2005 to 2010 she studied at the National Fine Arts School of Paris (ENSBA) in Jean Luc Vilmouth’s studio. Meanwhile she participated in the exchange program in New York and spent a semester at the Cooper Union School of Art in 2009. In 2010 she was graduated with the exhibition “Ici ou Jamais” (“here or never”). Since she lives and works mainly in Paris.
“My work is constantly fueled by the challenge of a new environment. Rather than follow a line, I cultivate my ability to respond plastically to a situation, a place, an object or a specific context. My practice could be then perceived as migrant. Such an approach is primarily due to my desire to question various aspects of the world and to preserve an experimental and curious approach.
Diverting the method of systematic production, I nourish my work with all sorts of observations. The core of my practice is thus taking shape in a synthesis of various influences, confronting my intuition to research. Naturally I am developing a multidisciplinary practice.
One of my concerns is to create on-going projects – projects that can be activated or re-activated in a specific context and by thus exist in the infinitive form.
Starting with a space, object, or situation, I link stories to simple shapes. I seek to disrupt the obviousness of things that attract my attention by proposing a logic where factual and sensitive realities coexist.
Portrait photo: Nicolas Hébert
Works made in NAIRS 2012:
The Inn Diary, studies for a book
Les Demoiselles de Nairs