Monday, January 10, 2011

Grouped: featuring Elizaveta Maltseva

Melbourne Weekly article Grouped 2011
Article from Melbourne Weekly, 10 January 2011.  Click on article to enlargen.

Town Hall Gallery's latest exhibiton Grouped begins this week on the 12th January until the 29th January.  It features Lee Hirsh, Andrea Kaltwasser, Elizaveta Maltseva (pictured), Elizabeth Nelson and Stephen Thompson.

We asked Elizaveta some questions about herself, her work and her ambitions.
Tell us about yourself! Where are you from?

 I was born in Moscow, Russia and moved around a lot with my family as a child. After eventually settling in Melbourne, I did a lot of my own travelling. During my travels I also studied a semester of my undergraduate degree in England. "The time I lived in Totnes" is a body of images inspired by my time England.

How would you describe your work? What materials do you work in?

 I typically create works on paper, though a self developed mono-printmaking method.

What attracted you to work in the medium that you do?

For a long time I have enjoyed working in layers both narrativly and aesthetically. I have developed my printmaking process after working a lot with traditional printmaking processes and darkroom photography.

What achievement are you most proud of to date?

At this stage, in my very early career, I'm most proud of my solo exhibition at the Owl and Pussycat Gallery, Richmond in 2010. It was my first solo exhibition after university. After the support of Jason at the gallery, I have gone on to apply for many more shows.

If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be and why? Who inspires you?

The works of Sigmar Polke and Raymond Pettibon have been very influential to my practice. I feel that I could learn a tremendous amount through collaboration with these artists.

What's your work practice like? Do you work in a studio/home? What gets you in the mood to create? I have a studio in the Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St Melbourne. I always try to keep busy. In between shows, I visit a lot of galleries and do a lot of reading. I try to spend all of my available time in the studio. This generally means before and after my fulltime job and weekends.

Is there a soundtrack to your creativity? Do you have music or silence?

I always have music playing in my studio (unless I'm writing proposals). The little rotation of cd's I had playing while creating this work was Liz Stringer, Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg, M83, a couple of mix cds made by friends and a glorious '90's Russian popmix.
What do you think people will take away with them from seeing your work?

I hope people will walk away with a piece of my work (or at least come back to see it again) as I think with each viewing they will discover something new. I aim to create several simultaneous narratives in each work, to encourage the thought of endless possibilities.

Where do you want to be in 10 years time? What's your dream?!

In 10 years time I hope to be able to dedicate all of my time to my practice and to support other emerging artists.

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