Elena Volkova was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the U.S. in 1994. She earned two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art: an MFA in Studio Arts as well as a BFA in Photography.
Elena’s current body of work follows the post-minimalist aesthetic and focuses on the idea of liminal space, as well as legibility and the limited amount of information that is needed for a viewer to perceive a subject. Volkova’s work brings attention to the everyday overlooked moments as well as addresses the viewer’s interaction with an art space.
Volkova has received several recognitions and awards, including the Janis Meyer Traveling Fellowship, Hamiltonian Fellowship, Sondheim semi-finalist awards well as Vermont Studio Fellowship. She has exhibited her work regionally and internationally.
Volkova resides in Baltimore, MD.
Irene Woodbury is an artist born in Baltimore who currently lives and works in Padua, Italy. She manages an online showcase of contemporary regional art called NE-ARTE (www.nearte.blogspot.it), teaches art, and is a freelance translator. Her work is part of numerous private and public collections in USA, UK, Canada and Italy including the National Gallery of Art in Washington and Tate Gallery in London. Her most recent show has been at the London Art Book Fair at the Serpentine Gallery.
After establishing herself as a book artist in the US and Europe, she developed interests in video and installation while working on her MFA. Through fictional testimony and alternative “reading” experiences, artist’s books, drawing, printmaking and video installation, she stimulates her viewers to become aware of environments and objects that make up contemporary and globalized “non-places”. She received a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Studio Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007.