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Nacre Wave by Nikolina Kovalenko, Oil on Canvas, 40x60
 
PANTHALASSA  
 
NIKOLINA KOVALENKO
 
Solo Exhibition 
June 1-17, 2022
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 2, 6:00 - 9:00pm
 
Meet the Artist at Opening Reception
Artist Talk at 8:00pm 
 
 
ARTIST STATEMENT
 

“Panthalassa” (derived from Greek πᾶν "all" and θάλασσα "sea”) was the superocean that surrounded the supercontinent Pangaea ~250 million years ago. In this series I portray the ancient world – where water is below, above and around us as far as the eyes can see – yet no humans can witness. The grandiosity and power of this infinite, encompassing body of water reaches through time to our imagination. Our internal and external states are deeply affected by the nature surrounding us. Combining emotional impact with the spiritual value the ocean has held for many coastal cultures throughout history, these paintings invite the viewers' past and present selves to be enveloped by the mysterious depths of our planet.

ARTIST BIO 
 

Nikolina is interested in humanity’s psychological connection with Nature and strives to expose the consequences our everyday actions have on the environment. The artist works with fragile ecosystems creating artwork inspired by locations specific to each project. Her subjects range from global warming, deforestation and coral bleaching, to processing and interpreting visual landscape and cultural associations. Nikolina Kovalenko received her MFA from Moscow Surikov Art Institute (Moscow, Russia) in 2011 and studied at Universität der Künste (Berlin) in 2010. She holds a Gold Medal from the Russian Art Academy. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Kovalenko’s exhibition history includes solo shows at Caldwell Gallery Hudson, Gitana Rosa Gallery and Dacia Gallery among others. The museum shows include group shows at MOMMA (Moscow Museum Of Modern Art) in 2021 and The Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia) in 2019. Nikolina exhibited in USA, UK, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Germany, France and Iceland and worked on environmental projects around the world including Brazilian Amazon, Iceland, the Andes, the Caribbean and the Red Sea. Through collaborating with scientists on joint lectures, workshops and webinars, the artist strives to share a more creative approach to explaining the fragility of ecosystems and the steps one can take to protect them. She donates part of the proceeds from her projects to selected environmental conservation organizations. Kovalenko’s work has been reviewed in art blogs, newspapers and magazines and is in numerous corporate and private collections worldwide.

 
 
 
 
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