«My narratives are constructed around a kaleidoscopic timeline, which shuffles the temporary planes inside a work’s hermetic system». Multiplicity of storylines and time chronologies in Olga Grotova’s works is highlighted by a combination of different techniques. Painting and filmmaking are closely interconnected in her artistic practice.
The artist’s paintings are always compositionally restrained, monochromatic and minimalistic. The videos are, on the contrary, very colourful and narrative-driven. Manual 16mm camera and contemporary digital footage are both used in the video art.
Olga Grotova explores the theme of time: the present and the past, their connections and disruptions. She makes the past free from the notions of linearity, takes moments out of context and replaces them, plays with memories and the phenomenon of déjà-vu. Does the past remain real or does it become a myth when it is freed from linearity?
The artist is inspired by archive materials and classical Russian literature. Russian historical past has a big influence on Grotova, whose Grandma grew up in the GULAG (project “A Joyful Archipelago”).
Olga Grotova is a Russian-born artist and curator based in London. She graduated from Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College and Royal College of Art, participated in exhibitions in Britain, Russia and USA.