Elena Feijoo’s work deals with defining the self within a shifting social and cultural context, often utilizing performance, installation, sculpture, and video. She holds citizenships in Canada, the United States and the European Union. She received a Bachelors degree in Sculpture from the University of South Florida and her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in spaces such as SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art (Florence, Italy), MDW Art Fair, D’CLINIC Studios (Slovenia), Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Roosevelt Gallery (Tampa), and a solo exhibition for William and Nancy Oliver Gallery(Tampa). Elena currently is on sabbatical from her position as Gallery Manager at Heaven Gallery in Chicago working on a project within Western Europe and Iceland until December 2014.
Drawing from a personal conception of identity within communities, The artist co-opts socially constructed roles of gender and culture that are used to determine one’s connection within differing but often overlapping communities, attempting to re-contextualize these constructs in order to fully define the elusive “authentic self”. Elena mediates the experience through the lens of an insider/foreigner mentality, information and material passing through her body as well as others to create a desired affect of inclusion and exclusion for the viewer. The process/materials to produce this body of work mirrors the uncomfortableness and unpredictability of its content, but often takes the form of sculpture, installation, performance, or video.
Through Repetition Comes Practice, 2014. Niceland, 2014.
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