Artist statement

I am Alena Fedotkina, a Moscow artist. I graduated from the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V. I. Surikov at the Russian Academy of Arts and Joseph Bakstein Institute of Contemporary Art.

 

I research female self-identity and her place in the modern world based on my experience. My work is a blend of feminist discourse and reflections on the soviet heritage that often comes out in the form of a fantastic utopia. 

 

It is a puzzle of my life where a personal story, memories of childhood, love, and home are intertwined with female issues in today's society.

My primary media are painting, drawing, graphics, and installation.

 

 

 

PINKCITY (acrylic on canvas, 2019) is three canvas paintings, each depicting a building. First, the house with Anna Pavlovna Filosofova's apartment, where the first Russian feminists gathered. Then the maternity hospital, where my sister and I were born. And finally, in my opinion, the most masculine of the seven sisters — the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This work is a part of a PINK series within which I build a utopia by reimagining things with the color pink.

 

Wedding Self-Portrait (wallpaper, furnishing, acrylic on canvas, photo, 2019) installation is my take on an institute of marriage. I try to put myself within this socially required norm where I strive for harmony looking for it within. The work includes a wedding self-portrait, a series of photos from a wedding to myself in a room with Soviet wallpaper, a couch, and a carpet. It is a perfect room in an ideal world, where there are no divorces and for-love-only marriages are free of domestic violence and cheating. It is my room.

 

Medical Certificate (duration: 3 hours, 2019) performance is me embroidering a huge certificate with my diagnosis of a ganglion cyst. It’s a painful fluid-filled bump on my wrist. A physician's recommendation was to stop all embroidery. Which I did until the performance. The choice of this technique was important in the context of my art as embroidery is considered a traditionally female occupation.