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Elena Lyakir
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Media:Photography;


ARTIST STATEMENT: Through the medium of photography I examine my desire to understand how emotions and memories are trapped inside photographs, representing reality in symbols. I am interested in creating art that is intimate, visceral and emotive. Each photograph is a visually poetic metaphor for complexities of the interior world. As a woman and as an artist I am preoccupied with emotional ramifications of displacement and diaspora and attempt to reveal their intricacies through my work. I see nature as the first and most basic source of foundation, nourishment, and myth, while birds are universal symbols of hope, freedom, nonconformity, and migration. Thus my subject has become a visceral interpretation of sentiments connected to my experience of immigration. Yet my aspiration is to soften and transcend reality through my lens in search of contemplative beauty and tranquility. I am interested in the relationship between photography and other disciplines. I like to push the limits of the medium to suggest drawings and painterly abstractions. In my practice I employ tilt-shift lenses because they allow room for spontaneity. The resulting accidents and deviations lead to new discoveries. I enjoy the extemporaneous quality of this process and view my practice as an extension of seeing and an exercise of instinct and connectivity. Inspired by forms and philosophies of minimalism I attempt to generate a visual experience that provides mental space for contemplation.
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  • The Unexpected
    2015
    Limited Edition Archival Inkjet Print
    30x80

  • Shadows of Being. Madoo Gardens, Sagaponack, NY
    2015
    Limited Edition Archival Inkjet Print
    30x90

  • Legends of the fallen muse. Arnold Arboretum, Boston
    2015
    Limited Edition Archical Inkjet Print
    30x110

  • Once Upon a Winter Time. Jamaica Bay, New York
    2016
    Limited Edition Archival Inkjet print
    40x94

  • Black Bird Fly
    2008
    Limited Edition Archival Inkjet Print
    20x30, 30x45 and 40x60
    The Aves series is an ongoing exploration of how we relate to the visual experience emotionally. Images represent reality in symbols. Like memories and dreams, they reveal themselves in the physical w

  • Hunger
    2008
    Limited Edition Archival Inkjet Print
    20x30, 30x45 and 40x60
    The Aves series is an ongoing exploration of how we relate to the visual experience emotionally. Images represent reality in symbols. Like memories and dreams, they reveal themselves in the physical w

  • Dream Of Genesis
    2013
    Limited Edition Archival Inkjet Print
    20x30, 30x45 and 40x60
    The Aves series is an ongoing exploration of how we relate to the visual experience emotionally. Images represent reality in symbols. Like memories and dreams, they reveal themselves in the physical w

  • as the palms spell your name
    2010
    Limited Edition Archival Inkjet print
    20x30, 30x45 and 40x60
    The Aves series is an ongoing exploration of how we relate to the visual experience emotionally. Images represent reality in symbols. Like memories and dreams, they reveal themselves in the physical w

  • Instinct
    2009
    limited edition archival inkjet print
    30x45

  • Expectation
    2009
    limited edition archival inkjet print
    30x45

  • Reflection
    2009
    limited edition archival inkjet print
    30x45

  • Elegant Empty
    2009
    limited edition archival inkjet print
    30x45

  • Banded, Together (Diptych)
    2009
    limited edition archival inkjet prints
    16x24 each
 








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