Solo exhibition “Au fil de la plume”, Paris, France

05-19 Décembre 2020

Solo exhibition “Au fil de la plume”, Paris, France

Press release

This series of paintings was born in the corridors of the National Museum of Natural History. Bones and unusual minerals are indeed the main material in the watercolors and engravings of Olena Donichenko, a young Ukrainian artist living in Paris.
Within a saturated writing that does not suffer from any void, the most varied organic species flourish: exoskeletons and eccentric corals, humanoid masks and skulls of bovines, with a smile forever frozen. However, no macabre impulse comes to animate the artist’s design.Treated in pure decorative motifs, these dead materials in monochrome tones become the privileged medium for reveries, where sometimes the pictorial memories of the great masters emerge: the angelic faces of Botticelli, or the crimson turban of the famous self-portrait by Van Eyck, mingle with diverted exercises of anatomy. The world of fairy tales is also never far away: one thinks in particular of the psychedelic illustrations by Ukrainian Erko Vladislav, whose artist shares a detailed character and a taste for the marvelous. The obsessive entanglement of forms and improvised games of wefts, inherited from his textile design works, allow him to follow the winding paths of interior landscapes.
In all, Olena Donichenko presents around twenty original works on paper, patiently produced over the past year. Like the aranteles, they weave a labyrinthine web and invite the wandering of thought.