Solo exhibition “Wonderland”, 10 passage VERDEAU, Paris, France

17-26 JUNE 2021

Solo exhibition “Wonderland”, 10 passage VERDEAU, Paris, France

Press release

In small formats, in a dense composition, the artist represents, entangled, bones and skeletons against a background of plants and minerals, from which emerge an arm, a hand, a face, a pregnant belly. The ensemble, arranged in a harmonious whole, recalls the immense bouquets of Dutch painters, composed of flowers of infinite varieties, among which, with great attention, the viewer can discover half-hidden insects. Olena’s watercolors and prints use the same processes. The general aesthetic harmony perceived at first glance gives way to the discovery of disturbing shapes: skulls, bones, a pointed bone finger, an old man’s hand, then, we notice the mocking attitude of skulls, skeletons who seem to dance, a young and beautiful face. Is it an allegory of old age, death, decay or on the contrary a hymn to life? From these works, presented almost like a tapestry, on two planes, without perspective or situation in space, emerge a form of quirky humor a bit like Hieronymus Bosch or the surrealists. Reading seems endless, elusive. We lose ourselves in the detail, we look for a meaning in the assembly of forms and yet, the important thing is not to understand but to let oneself be carried away by the beauty that emerges from it, like life, death, to accept, to be, to feel, to link up oneself to the entangled whole, in a form of dance, without necessarily finding a meaning in it.