Elen Alien

An unusual artist from Russia using flowers instead of paints in her sustainable artworks.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“My overall objective in art is a human. Watching my artworks means diving deep into yourself, and find the courage to take them and enjoy their beauty. My approach is not to multiply what already exists. I find my inspiration in existing things and work with sustainable materials, creating something new and meaningful. My art is my religion and my philosophy. It is my way of knowing myself and the World around me, my connection with nature, and a reminder of what is important. ” Elen Alien

BIO

Elen Alien is an artist, born in Ukraine in 1990. Her artistic journey began at age 5-year in Novokuznetsk, Russia. Having successfully graduated from “The art school # 2” and won many painting awards as a child, she completed a degree in architecture in Novosibirsk, where she started her interior design career and set up her first group exhibition her oil paintings were presented.

After graduation, she moved to Moscow and started her first oshibana (pressed flower craft) series of works in 2014. From 2015 she was combining work in studios with leading her own design projects, rethinking herself in art, gathering experience in connected areas. After a decade dedicated to interior design, in 2020 she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where renewed her art practice. Feeling foreign in the art world and the new country, she decided to take the artistic name Elen Alien. Being in a Scandinavian ambiance, she found her interest in mixed media based on sustainable materials combined with paints and petals.

Currently, she lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Elen Alien experiments with sustainable materials (petals, recycled paper, reused cardboard, and house-waste), resin, acrylic, and oil paints.