The Earth III
About Victoria Kovalenchikova
Victoria Kovalenchikova was born in Mogilev, Belarus, but currently lives and works out of Amsterdam. She studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, and was a professor teaching painting and drawing at Belarusian State Pedagogic University, beginning in 2002. In 2011 Kovalenchikova won an award from The Ministry of Culture of The Republic of Belarus for Enriching and Promoting Arts and Culture. Kovalenchikova has also been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of Honor, ‘Lorenzo Il Magnifico,' at the International Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2011.
Kovalenchikova's work explores the monumentality of the continents and the power of the earth. Her large canvases reveal the grandeur of our planet as well as its fragility, and the importance of its details. By layering fragments of seashell, sand, and glass into mountains and divots on her paintings, Kovalenchikova creates art with a unique tactility. Her representations of the earth confront viewers from all perspectives, repositioning them and their relationship to the surrounding world.
“In general, I think painting is what film has always tried to capture with the use of slow motion," Victoria says. "By this I mean paintings are not frozen images taken from real time. Rather, they are evolving in time in a circular sense. I tend to strive for an extended moment which is formed from gathered circumstances and collective memory. I have always felt that art should tell us something about ourselves. Although we have an inadequate perspective, there is an undecipherable unity in everything. As individuals, we may feel and appear as though we are fragments. This, I feel, is because we are unable to perceive a person, a place, or our life, as a movement within a larger movement. Ultimately, we are like concentric circles orbiting others which comprise the narrative of history.”
Kovalenchikova’s work is not a single image but a tactile landscape, causing the eye and mind to explore. She continues to push boundaries and blur the line between painting and sculpture.