A solo show by Elena Gileva interweaving a selection of work created over different periods and places (Japan, France and England ) into one narrative. This is the first major show of Gileva’s work in the UK, seeking to expand her practice beyond the singular sculptural form.
' ..... A new body of work, begun in 2020 and featured in Gileva’s new show for White Conduit Project, foregrounds instead the shapes and structures of plants, trees, even rocks, and was first seeded in during a 2014 residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Sculpture Park in Japan. Although appearing to be a departure, the development of this major ceramic installation of an exploded, dismembered tree shortly after the presentation of objects that resembled human body parts, pillars, cups and goblets is just as indicative of Gileva’s constant interest in research and experimentation, as well as an increasing insistence on the folding together of materials, processes and presentation. ' Rebecca Lewin 2022