Elika Bo

ELIKA BO, is a Lithuanian born experimental visual artist that creates camera-less photographs by using a scanner and layering technique. By painting and layering objects onto the glass/scanner, Elika creates abstract images that reflect on mental health and identity issues.

THE ARTIST

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Elika Bo

FOCUS

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" Elika Bo continued to work with scanning technologies, to challenge herself to keep finding new ways of creating imagery that appears painting-like to the human eye. Within the Arts Industry regardless of the terminology of art meaning expression, there are rules and regulations that is unconsciously self taught as well as taught within educational institutions.

Elika' works are layers upon layers of emotions that is reflective of exploring the mind, society and emotion. Captivating the viewer enables each image to represent something new for each individual." - Sade English 

 

 

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Elika Bo

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Her exploration of photography started early, at art school from age 12. She then chose to study a bachelor's degree of Photography and New Media Arts, at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

After a couple of years, she has decided to switch it up after her creative views were suppressed by the “norms” and decided to enrol at the University Of East London.Graduating in 2015 producing her project called "PLATEN" in the final year, which has been exhibited at Truman's Brewery Gallery in Shoreditch, London.

In the past couple of years, Elika has not only been exhibiting her artwork across the UK and various European countries but also mentoring other artists, curating art exhibitions and art events in London.Working as a key member of the London based art collective - Promethean Art.

Monday

THE PROCESS

Elika Bo

1.COMPLICATED 2.DAY DREAMING

Hahnemühle Museum Etching 2020 

Mind

Elika begins her process researching about a chosen topics. The artist questions herself 3 things, what they want to show, create and especially why? Never focussing on only one topic, Elika works on multiple at a time, personally for themas sometimes I find it very difficult to concentrate on only one thing.  this enables to process as focusing on one thing at a time is too rigid for her creations. 

Looking for inspiration everywhere, Elika's daily activity involves seeking inspiration for colours, shapes. This later is visualised through tests on the scanner.The process is focused on a scanner only.

 

 "it gives dimensional look for portraits, and it is more interesting to paint on it while trying to visualise it without being able to see the final image" - Elika Bo

Working from approx10 - 30 scans, once a scan is converted into jpg, if needed I edit it is edited digitally. Building a photograph on a scanner is the most rewarding yet also sometimes a complicated process for the Artist. Using different layers; sometimes even up to 5 or more. This enables every layer to imprint or be visible, whilst adjusting and moveing lights along while scanning.

Alien
Soulsswamp

Elika Bo

1.ALIEN 2.SOUL SWAP

Hahnemühle Museum Etching 2019

A highlight of her exhibitions was when she was selected to create work for Freemasons Hall, London to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry with other guest artists. Her approach to finding unique artefacts, books, and jewellery at Freemasons Hall museum and library, helped her to create images that consumed Freemasons Hall, as a unique digital bridge, between the past and the future.

In the past couple of years, Elika has not only been exhibiting her artwork across the UK and various European countries but also mentoring other artists, curating art exhibitions and art events in London.Working as a key member of the London based art collective - Promethean Art.

Forest of my mind

Elika Bo

FOREST OF THE MIND

Hahnemühle Museum Etching 2019

Scanning technologies therefore to the traditional eye, may see this as breaking the rules of photography. Elika challenges the viewer to accept ourselves for who we are and use what we are given as tools. Often she uses real stories, to recreate special, haunting moments or flashbacks, into almost tridimensional images, that give a feeling of a window into the moment.

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