Zhenya Machneva arrives in Yekaterinburg for the third time to join the artistic residence. In 2015 and 2017, the artist took part in Art Residences of the Ural Industrial Biennale. Both times, the topic of artistic research was the fixation of elusive images, and the method was based on peculiar translation of artistic materials.
Thus, being in a residence at the Kasli factory of architectural and artistic casting, Zhenya sourced facts about the factory life of metal (which just now liquid, orange-scarlet, hot - instantly becomes hard, pale, cold), in order to borrow casting skills for her art - Tapestry weaving. Using this seemingly planar way of expression, she conveyed volumes and masses of metal - until (after a Parisian residence) she created an airy, light spatial image of the "White Pavilion" (2017), which reproduces the famous Kasli pavilion in almost life-size.
On this visit, having looked closely at the Shishim hill area, Zhenya chose wooden houses as her research object. From an ordinary urban perspective, they are most likely perceived as features of an elusive era, of nostalgic beauty.
Looking at them, we tend to admire, regret losses, but often forget to ask ourselves about their function. These houses, the neighbors of the residence, captured by the camera's lens, by graphic drawings, appear as a collective image inside a small frame on a finely woven fabric.
In the course of exploring wooden, non-functioning beauty Zhenya purchased an old loom from the residents of the North areas of Sverdlovsk region. It is spectacular, but some of its details have been lost over time. Will Zhenya manage to restore the machine and put it into operation during the residence, or will it remain a decorative element?