Meditation with Ink
Alëna says that she discovers more about her deep inner truth while working with her minimalistic inks. Moreover, she’s persuaded that her state of mind will transmit to her audience... by Olga Kurovets
Alëna Olasyuk doesn’t like it when people ask her about how long does it take her to make an artwork. And for a reason: not only numbers such as a price, or size, or quantity of hours aren’t the main characteristics for art, but also the artist doesn’t count time when it comes to creating. Most of her Chinese ink drawings are made by iterative movements of a pen, which leave shiny black traces on white paper. It’s as simple as complicated.
In one of her well-known interviews, the greatest living performance artist Marina Abramovic explained that a number of repeated actions, which seem to have no goal, are what make sense by themselves and what really gives us a chance to live a new experience. The meditation, process of deep contact with one’s inner self, becomes possible only when it comes to a process. “A slaw walking is a Vipasana meditation in itself”, she said. In the performer’s artistic practice we’ve seen a good deal of long-lasting slaw performances, where time, as well as a clearly stated goal, doesn’t matter. “Experience is the process, - she says, - And only then you reach something else: there’s a step to another reality”.
This approach takes its origins in the Buddhist tradition, but it’s much appropriate for a meaningful artistic action in the time of perpetual change and speed. In such circumstances, many artists challenge their public by slowness and the process. These artists seek for transmitting immaterial experiences through seemingly material objects or actions. Alëna says that she discovers more about her deep inner truth while working with her minimalistic inks. Moreover, she’s persuaded that her state of mind will transmit to her audience. She, believes that art should become sacred again and should be considered as such that has power to bring people back to their spiritual being.