Slava Shevelenko, Marta Volkova
Ice events around Kyoto in 2008
For a new project at the ‘Save the Sharks’ international art exhibition in Munster in September 2011, they have produced an installation of porcelain figures, entitled ‘IJselijke gebeurtenissen in de omgeving van Kyoto in 2008’(Ice events around Kyoto in 2008), which explores the time-honoured relationship between man and nature. In this project they were looking to give expression to everything that fascinates them in that relationship – rumours and reality, desires and manipulations, aspirations and dreams.
The composition made use of classicist elements and in terms of expression and compositional construction drew on the Renaissance and on aspects of pop culture. The subtlety of the expressive power, the mix of stylistic elements combined with the size of the compositions – which consist of several figures measuring 30 – 35 cm high – required some considerable study and of course had to comply with the conditions presented by the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC) in Den Bosch. It was the artists’ ambition to present the porcelain installation at the art exhibition in Munster in September 2011.
In April 2010 Marta and Slava made use of FLACC’s oven to prepare the things they then went on to make at the EKWC. The series of photographs entitled ‘Onvoorziene omstandigheden’ (Unforeseen Circumstances) was part of the installation of ceramic figures and gave an extra dimension to the work as a whole. The photographs were taken in the abandoned Waterschei mine building (Genk).