My name is Elena Guryeva, I was born and raised in Russia, where I graduated and worked as an architect. After living and working in various countries, I came to California, USA.
Painting allows me to work more freely and directly with materials, which I am passionate about. Nurtured with the multiplicity of scenarios that I have had the possibility to face in my trips and movings, this is why I prefer to locate myself in the landscape genre. Sometimes this is literal, although most of the time it is quite abstract. Nature is always my source of inspiration.
ABOUT MY WORK
Faced with nature that is constantly changing, I seek to represent my own experiences and emotions. Sometimes the changes are part of natural cycles, like a sunset, or the arrival of a new season. Other times they are sudden events, like the changes produced by an earthquake, or the fall of a piece of glacier.
In the series of abstract landscapes “Energy” there is an encounter between two styles. On one hand, the random of a painting technique that refers to Gerhard Richter’s paintings. On the other hand, the geometry of the small squares that result from the application of paint with my brushes. Each size is adapted to the different thickness of the brush. I pay special attention to these forms that are superimposed on each other, they reflect on the computer language and the place that technology occupies in our society. Each pixel, or square, floats and levitates in my landscapes, assembling the narrative, like pieces of a puzzle assembling the sense of change and transformation that exists in Nature.
The series of works “Infinity” also reflect on the world in which we live. These focus on the idea of infinity in terms of time and space. This type of landscapes (also abstract) is inspired by scientific images of both the micro and macro cosmos.
Finally, I also approach the landscape in a traditional way. Those places that inspire me while traveling and that I need to materialize through my painting.
The landscape in all its forms, the place where we stand, the logic of nature, the images that move us from the world, my own transformation. Color and experimentation are my tools to capture my message, the ideas come from the work process itself, which starts from instinct, intuition and a sensitive connection.