Perfect stranger, 2021

by Elena Zelenina

Painting : mixed media 20 x 16 x 0.8 inch

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Painting: mixed media

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20 x 16 x 0.8 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Dark blue


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Artwork location: United States

I received an award from the National Association of Women Artists for this piece which was in the show "Layered" in September 2021. I started this piece in 2007 and felt it was complete in 2021. 14 years. It was not the complexity of the painting that kept me going. It was coming to terms with who I was and am now.

I loved making stories, loved visualizing things that never happened, and loved creating my life through these visualizations. "I was 9. I was walking through the streets of Moscow, thinking how awesome it would be if I lived in another place, something like Canada, and I was speaking English fluently, and I had a huge kitchen with yellow bananas all year round. All year round, I would have them, I thought. And I also would bring presents home. Lots of presents for my friends. I visualize that too.

At that moment, I forget where I am because I am, in fact, in that gorgeous, huge kitchen with yellow bananas." Many times, I heard that my intense imagination is "foolish" and I need to be more down to earth, more serious, more practical. I felt ashamed of who I was many times. I was often working hard trying to hide this side of me that wanted to dream and make things up. I got the degrees, I learned to love logic and step-by-step instructions.

But !!! I do live in the US now, which is not Canada but close enough. I do speak English fluently, and yellow bananas? Oh, they are a part of my life all year round. I am who I am now without apologizing for being "foolish." I am what I am, and I love that. Am I too much? I love being too much. What about you?
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Elena Zelenina, Perfect stranger
Elena Zelenina

Elena Zelenina

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My childhood in Russia was defined by neutral color fantasies, fairy tale dreams, winter wonderlands, and a hindering idea that I needed to predetermine my future at the tender age of 6. As a child, I was surrounded by greatness. I grew up in the studios of two artists M.BIryukov (1926-1995), my stepfather and Godfather, and N.Gladkih (1927-1995), my uncle. Spending summers by the sea watching my uncle painting with all shades of blue and green or being in the studio alongside my stepfather shaped me to a great extent. However, we differ significantly as they magnify the beauty of the natural world, and I often paint unmanifested reality.

For years I wondered who I was as an artist and if I had the right to call myself by that name. Even now, I feel vulnerable when I stand in front of my audience in this capacity. I met my creative destiny while surrounded by the vibrant ineffable colors of India.

In 2008 I trekked the Himalayan mountains, where I stood above the clouds in complete awe of the place and the creation. A shock wave went through my body. I am one step closer to realizing who I am and what I am doing here on Earth.

During my travels, I discovered the navigation map of the Creative Spirit, Vedic Art. It's like the compass we have in our minds to find the way to the chamber of peace in our hearts. Then, you can glimpse into eternity when you dip your brush in light, space, and bliss.

After becoming a certified Vedic Art Instructor, I started writing down my exercise and experience and published a book “Art Completes. Exercises To Develop Your Individual Vision, Self-Expression & Artistic Skill."
I now live in the fascinating city of New York, and, having traveled to 30 countries, I feel Oneness everywhere. The more I travel, the more it becomes interesting to paint and explore the world with my brush.

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