Ekaterina Adelskaya (b. Moscow, 1988) is a London based artist working on abstract sculptures, mostly revolving around the natural degenerative processes of organic matter, using both organic and synthetic materials.
After her 2012 graduation from the Russian State University of Cinematography and a number of years spent working in the Russian film industry, Adelskaya has gradually shifted to the art world, earning a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (1st class) at the University of Hertfordshire and relocated to London in 2019.
Her work has been shown in Russia and Asia, amongst them the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art 2019, and the CICA Museum in South Korea, where her work ’Blurring' (2017) has been acquired as part of the CICA Museum’s permanent collection.
Adelskaya’s work 'Heavy Breathing' is currently on display at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020 in London.
I’ve always considered my artistic practice closer to alchemy.
Through non-traditional methods of art-making, such as burning, melting or dissolving, I explore materials’ potentiality and their physical properties.
For me transformation is more than a mere chemical process: it imbues both the present experience and its historical evolution. When I use fire, it’s more than just burning, it’s a journey through the way fire has changed from pure uncontrolled energy to a harnessed tool; it’s more than just entropy, it’s a revelation of nature’s uncanny beauty.
By mixing traditional organic mediums (watercolour, clay) with modern synthetic materials (polyester fabric), I investigate the notion of contemporary sculpture. In my burnt textile objects, I see something beautiful and ugly, something ‘Uncanny’ or even some elements of ‘Convulsive Beauty’, in which a sculpture presents a singular aesthetic form. I like to blur the boundaries between 2D and 3D form. For example, the wall object ‘Heavy Breathing’ (2018) is in fact both a sculpture and a painted canvas, drawn with watercolour and carved by fire.
The change of state fascinates me.
Matter transformation is part of our existence, it’s life itself. — We adapt, thrive and decay in a constant flow of change.
Process of burning, 2019