Back to the Drawing Board: Family Ties
Artist Elena Kalkova (RISD MA 2021 Global Arts and Cultures) from Russia, hosts interactive, hands-on sessions examining family connections through art-making. Kalkova’s recent series of works, Family Ties, explores the complexities of family relationships, especially between different generations of women of the same family. Through this personal lens, feminism in the Post-Soviet space is explored.
Each session begins with looking closely at art made by Kalkova and other artists. A variety of prompts inspire participants to think about their own family histories. Everyday materials are used to tell your own family stories and create portraits of the people in your life.
Join for one session or all three. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Free.
After registering, you will receive an email with a Zoom invite to the program and suggested material list.
Register for one session:
Register for session I - Childhood Memories and Drawing (October 18)
Register for session II - Connecting Generations and Collage (October 25)
Register for session III - Looking Deeper, Preserving Memories and Artbooks (November 1)
Elena Kalkova is a multimedia Russian artist and scholar, living and working in the U.S. since 2017. In her practice and writings she explores the challenges of self-identification as a feminist person in the Post-Soviet space and reflects on the country’s problematic past, and present history. She recently completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Tver State University (Russia) and is currently completing her graduate degree in Global Arts And Cultures from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
In Back to the Drawing Board rejuvenate your artistic practice – or start from scratch – among like-minded peers. This series of virtual artist-led prompts nurture new approaches and connections.
Image: Elena Kalkova, Pasha & Lena. Courtesy of the artist.