sculptures – Elena Kostenko


Dependence began as a series of small-scale sculptures, produced during the first years after my relocation to France. These sculptures are made of tin, local clay and earth samples and other organic materials, which had been collected in 2010-2020 from different locations around the World.  Each element of the sculpture is shaped by hand and carries human imprints. That intimate engagement with the materials give rise to a certain tension – my strive to integrate and develop the roots as well as the impossibility to erase the past experiences.

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Dependence, tin made in France, mixed local clay and earth samples from different locations, 20×18 cm, 2021
Laurel wreath
Dependence, tin wire made in Holland, Laurel leaves from Bretagne, France, 32×38 cm,  2021
Dependence, tin from melted domestic items of unknown origin, mixed Limoges Gzhel porcelain, 15×16 cm, 2021


Les Parleurs

Les Parleurse is a series of sculptures made of fried black clay and tin. It came as a response to the intangible nature of Social Media, which today functions as a storage for personal and collective experiences and memories.  Being an active participant in that immaterial reality, especially during the pandemic, I had an urge to produce tangible artefacts of our days from the most ancient materials, such as clay and tin.

les Parleurs
From “Les Parleurs”, Black Clay, tin, sizes vary, 2021