Artists Statement / Bio
Born in Belarus, Victoria Kovalenchikova moved to Amsterdam in 2008 and opened a gallery and studio in her own name, where she permanently shows her artworks. Her pieces can be found at the Museum of Belarusian State Academy of Arts, Belarusian Contemporary Fine Art Museum, The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus (all in Minsk, Belarus), Maslennikov Art Museum, Mogilev Regional Study of Local Lore Museum named after Romanov, Mogilev Museum of Ethnography (all in Mogilev, Belarus), Belarusian Embassy in Berlin, Germany; Belarusian Embassy in Hague, the Netherlands; in the collection of the municipality of Coevorden, the Netherlands; as well as in private collections in Germany, Poland, Russia, Belarus, UK, USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Lebanon and Switzerland.
Kovalenchikova explores the monumentality of the continents and the power of the earth through her works. Her large canvases reveal the grandeur of our planet as well as its fragility, the importance of its details. By layering fragments of seashell, sand, and glass into mountains and divets on her paintings, Kovalenchikova creates art with a unique tactility. Kovalenchikova's representations of the earth confront viewers with the earth from all perspective, repositioning them and their relationships to their surrounding world.
"In general I think painting is what film has always tried to capture with the use of slow motion. 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 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 as concentric circles orbiting others which comprise the narrative of history."