Elen Alien / MONO NO AWARE

MNA 1 av Elen Alien

Elen Alien / MONO NO AWARE

MNA 1, 2021

64 x 89 cm

25 000 kr

In Japanese culture, a subtle concept captures this borderline of joy and sadness -“mono no aware”, which means a state of slight anguish from the realization of the actual impermanence of life. This capacious idiom served as the name for Elen Alien's project. Fallen sakura leaves symbolize this sadness in Japanese culture. Being collected by the artist not in Japan, but in Stockholm, they express the position of a cosmopolitan in her work, a fundamental rejection of the imposed cultural identity, separation and labeling.

In an abstract drawing woven from petals, there is a frozen moment of perception, and contemplation of the falling leaves of sakura. An experience fixed in a material object in an attempt to preserve an elusive beauty is protected from the barbaric intrusion of technologies and virtualities.

The artwork is mirroring and is fundamentally tuned to the tone of the environment and the audience's empathy. The viewer is invited to watch himself through the filter of "mono no aware" to feel a slight sadness about the impermanence of time, and the sweet pleasure of having the current moment of his life, as a result.

25 000 kr

Om konstnären

Elen Alien (b. 1990, Ukraine) is a staunch cosmopolitan. In her works, she combines elements of different times and cultural communities, thus pointing to the absence of the need for separation, and labeling, to the fact that together all people and nature form a common organism. The art of Elen Alien expresses the unity of the sacred, natural and aesthetic, in their striving for a common goal. Her research unfolds at the points of contact between nature and humans, again addressing questions that people have tried in vain for centuries to find answers to with the help of science and technology. In her artistic practice, the artist tries to "preserve forever" the elusive beauty of the moment. Combining the tenderness of flowers and the hardness of epoxy resin, she reveals the ambivalence of glorifying the beauty of imperfection and contrasts art with digital immortality.

Vocational Degree in Fine Arts ”Project Konst”, Folkuniversitetet Konstskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

“Art, architecture and visual culture in Sweden” course, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

2007 - 2013
Specialist Degree in Architecture, Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture and Art, Novosibirsk, Russia

1997 - 2007
Art school No2, Novokuznetsk, Russia

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2024 – Charity Auction in Stockholm (upcoming)
2023 – Objects of Care, Bachhaus Projects, Berlin
2023 – Kobe 6 - Untitled, Mela, Oslo
2023 – Borderless, Verse Gallery, Oslo
2022 – Autumn show, Gallery M35, Oslo
2022 – “Mono no aware” solo show, Brännkyrka church, Stockholm (solo)
2022 – Summer show, Gallery M35, Oslo
2022 – Varutstallning 2022, Gallery K45, Stockholm
2022 – “Mono no aware” solo show, Gallery K45, Stockholm (solo)
2022 – Spring salon, Nata Watts Gallery, Copenhagen
2021 – “Nymph”, Monday studio, Copenhagen
2021 – ”Kvinnliga Linjer”, Park, Stockholm
2021 – ”Nordic Art”, Copenhagen
2021 – “The Earth. Version 2021. What was next?”, Darwin Museum, Moscow
2021 – “Art dialogue”, [format] gallery, Moscow
2018 – Next Station Sokol, Moscow
2012 – “OK. WATCH!”, Nina Romanova, Novosibirsk

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