Online Exhibition 18 May 16 June 2023
Elena Gileva - From the base going upwards
Square Art Projects is pleased to present From the Base Going Upwards, an online exhibition of recent ceramic pieces by artist Elena Gileva. This is the first solo exhibition of Gileva with Square Art Projects.
The title of the exhibition relates to the process of building up each individual work from its base, each piece a different variation of coiling, layered and intertwined in different nuances. Some draw attention to their coils, whereas others have been worked and smoothed over to create a ‘complete’ object. This sense of exploration with the material is continued in the use of glazes: almost every piece has received three or four different layers of glaze before being refired, building up a depth of patina.
The selection of work for the exhibition includes pieces from two artistic residencies that Gileva attended in China and Japan to study traditional pottery methods, a line of enquiry which she still continues. The way that she twists and braids the clay hints at another timeless, ancestral practice in her work: that of weaving. Gileva’s work embodies the age-old interaction between the maker and the object, and to a certain extent, between the distant past and the present.
From the Base Going Upwards opens online on 18th May, and will run until 16th June. A limited edition print has been produced specially for the exhibition.
See the exhibition here
A limited edition print is available here
Read a Q&A with the artist here
Download press release here