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the artist - Elena Paroucheva


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For more information about the artist, see: http://www.art-elena.com 


In my work I search for a connection between art and environment, I try to give another look to the visual aspect of our environment and I propose another view of our landscape and our cities. The artworks and studies presented hit weak points, where urban constructions and networks of energy distribution are poorly received by the people - roundabouts, public spaces, fountains, stadiums, bridges, areas along highways, parking lots…

The main idea is its transformation into works of art, symbolically maintaining the basic module and incorporating it in carrying out my concept of: "sculptures – electric pylons, "sculptures - antennas", "sculptures - wind energy towers", "sculptures - lighting”, "sculptures - gateways" ... 

I want to highlight rather than conceal them, after all they are "dolmens" of our time.

Two ways of research are developed:

"IHT - High Voltage Installations"  - This solution treats the transformation of existing building in the environment:

- High voltage power lines 

- Renewable energy windmills  

- Cellular  Relay - Antennas
- Lighting – highways, stadiums, public spaces, etc.

They are investigated according to reception area and allow the modification of the visual aspect of the infrastructure into artistic works.
An example of such a transformation is the artwork "Source", built in alliance with RTE France on the tourist and thermal city Amnéville les Thermes.

"SHT - High Tension Sculptures" - This way explores new forms for pylons to be implanted in the landscape, urban and rural areas.  Sculptures use "symbolically" the same modules of metallic construction.

The inspiration:

The men have spread in their path man made constructions but unwanted – Pylons, lighting poles, antennas, bridges, towers. My artistic approach in the environment is inspired by the visible and the invisible (the pylon, energy carrier, is visible, but the energy that goes through the cables is invisible; the antennas are visible, but radio waves are invisible.
• My inspiration comes from a share of the mystical and invisible phenomenon of energy (power, speed, its sources, its tension, its paths). But also the enigma that emerged from the waves and its vibrations that communicate to us. This invisible world which vibrates in the air is very attractive to me, because it is in another dimension. The artist is totally free to her interpretations.
• On the other hand, my inspiration comes from the visible elements of buildings. Just look carefully at the landscape through a high voltage pylon it cuts the sky in small geometrical dimensions by the intersection of horizontal lines, vertical and diagonal conferred the structure. They create a rhythm between "full and empty" on the merits of the sky ...
From this inspiration, I chose the name of "High Tension" for my sculptures and my installations and "Electric Art" of my artistic path. The elements entering "games" in the spirit of the work are sensors, diodes, insulators, rotors, antennas, dishes ... In the first stage of creation, I must forget that the buildings are metal "giants" and not think about the technical, climatic, electrical, mechanical constraints…giving free rein to the imagination.

The first ideas: 

The adventure of High Tension began for me a long time ago, first with the observation of the landscape, often marred by any kind of useful construction, but not always aesthetic. I watched the huge electricity towers in the fields and I imagined walking giants, transforming themself, illuminated. Sometimes they were cats, dancers, men who walked ... at other times completely abstract forms appeared to me.

What was the click? 

It came when I readied in the press that the disappearance of the towers was scheduled for 2035 in France, following the passage of the underground electricity network. Then there was the decision to try to intervene on this landscape in my own way, even to prevent its disappearance and keep a few towers as a symbol of our time. My ideas were turned into drawings, models, photographs, graphics, studies and projects.

From idea to the realization of a  "High - tension" artwork:

My work is based on five axes of reflection:

 - inspiration

 - symbolism

 - materials

 - colour

 - lighting

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