Olga Fedorova’s digital Dada and trippy existential tableus. Whoa.
Olga Mikh Fedorova sounds like some Bond girl femme fatale, à la From Russia With Love. But actually she’s the real deal Belgian visionary spawning 3D avatars and madcap microcosms that will shock your system and singe your subconscious.
Based in Brussels and one of Felt Zine’s faves, Olga creates endless combos of strange form factors, off-key characters and parallel realms. Her art is filled with freakish objects and semi-carnal scenes: a visit to the ob-gyn with baby alligators; MRI machines and axe-wielding, bikini-clad weirdos canvased in the backdrop; puffy pink afros amidst warm, pixelated textures; warped swimming pools with docile ponies and open laptops showing Facebook profiles; a decrepit, burnt hand extending outward holding a parched mobile phone; some chick wearing a helmut and hanging out near melting glaciers, etc.
These things are pretty sexed up, teched out and seemingly always placed in a sterile/clinical environment (Olga is obviously a germaphobe). She also channels Marcel Duchamp’s stylistic dissociations, only rendered digitally with a super charge of Dadaism (VR included!).
Trained as a painter at ENSAV, a big cheese art school in Belgium, Olga focuses her energy into making digital dynamos that are cryptic, quirky and occupy ontological niches of their own – expressions of her crackers cogitations and deep interior psychic storms.
Using 3D software/CAD to create her queer quantum world composites, Olga constructs batty personas and bold colorways, always immersed in a hallucinogenic phase space. She tends to explore ideas of immortality, cybernetics and spiritual machines, and probes existential modes and other worldly dimensions.
Amalgamating analogue, digital, stream of consciousness and everything else, Olga’s surreal imagery fizzles with freaky aliens and dreamlike (sometimes disturbing/often dystopian) domains that pop with pomo gusto. We love her cool gender-bender composites, freestyle forms, large scale figures, graphic energy fields and all-together trippy tableus.
Experiencing her work is like entering The Matrix while tripping on magic mushrooms and wearing a gas mask (or a horse’s head).
We were truly mesmerized by one of her past exhibits, titled ‘Short Term Memories’, at Annka Kultys Gallery in London. Featuring large scale prints, video projections, and a handful of awesome granite sculptures, Olga orchestrated a techno-conceptual candy land around the idea of immortality.
Echoing Arthur Schopenhauer’s ideas of eternal propagation and transcendental idealism, her art makes us contemplate ‘the world as representation’ and the hidden forces underpinning it. Wow!