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Ekaterina Panikanova: (b 1975, Saint-Petersburg) She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg and has had work exhibited at the Russian Union of Artists and in Moscow, Venice, Rome and New York.

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Description

It is clear that Ekaterina feels passionately about the subject of her latest collection featuring books as capsules of memory, carrying with them the history of their former readers. She creates densely layered paintings across large spreads of old books and other documents, resulting in artwork that blurs the lines between painting, installation and collage. She explores the theme of childhood memories, inviting us to discover ourselves by reading behind the lines of our subconscious. She attempts to visually rewrite the innermost stories of the human psyche by directly intervening on the pages of open books. Arranging old books, notebooks and prints from different eras into an irregular grid, Panikanova puts together an unconventional oversized canvas of interrupted surfaces. Laid out in groups, the books resemble pieces of a puzzle that appear to be interchangeable yet heavily reliant on one another, very much like the experiences and memories that collectively piece together a lifetime. The outcome is a series of spectacular three-dimensional artworks that shy away from the conventional format of painting, flirting instead, with the set-up of an installation. She now works and lives in Rome.
Ekaterina Panikanova’s “B Box 266 B” is a conceptual work that makes impressive use of an unusual medium. In this work the artist attempts to visually rewrite the innermost stories of the human psyche by directly intervening on the pages of open books. Arranging old books, notebooks and prints from different eras into an irregular grid, Panikanova puts together an unconventional oversized canvas of interrupted surfaces. Laid out in groups, the books resemble pieces of a puzzle that appear to be interchangeable yet heavily reliant on one another, very much like the experiences and memories that collectively piece together a lifetime. The outcome is a series of spectacular three-dimensional artworks that shy away from the conventional format of painting, flirting instead, with the set-up of an installation.