Artist Statement of Elena Soroka

The object of my research is the criteria by which a woman compares herself with others. In my work, I reflect on the relativity of such patterns of consciousness, following which the woman accepts the roles imposed on her and agrees with the proposed assessment of her personal value. My statement accumulates my individual experience, this is the story of my search for my identity.

Under the weight of preconceptions and prejudices, a woman dissolves in her encirclement. But I believe that we are not entitled to give away our values ​to the mercy of someone else's established opinion. I suggest that women make themselves the object of their own experiential scrutiny. With the help of my creativity, I am focusing the thought of women to the awareness of a burden of social responsibility that stereotyped thinking of the society is placing on them. My goal is to make women to decide what their life should be like. A decision that is free of publicly accepted stereotypes and imposed opinions.

"I am researching a woman’s self-awareness, formed through the prism of stereotypes and prejudices that were developed in society. I compare behavior deviation from expected patterns to a glitch effect. Glitch art opposes the digital culture promoting an ideal transmission of the image. The glitch is an inconsistency in the information expected. Social glitch is self-expression through violation of programmed standing orders. I express the glitch effect through the Central Asian ikat ornament. An ornament is a visual projection of a society. And for me personally it is endowed with special meanings because I grew up in Tashkent, and oriental ornament is part of my aesthetics."