Artist's Statement 

Zelga’s work explores our search for a safe space in both a psychological and literal sense. Through surreal composites and recurring characters, she seeks to represent the confines of the mind, the stasis of the everyday and the psychological impact of trauma. Drawings are framed by the weight of emotion, psychological confinement, the need for transition and the search for calm.

Works combine a narrative, rich with emotion, raising questions around memory, trauma, loss of control and ultimately hope as a means of transition. Using both line and trace, boundaries are represented, confines evoked and a sense of life in suspension alluded to. Layering and repetition are explored using pastel, graphite, acrylic and charcoal together with stop-motion video, decals and a scroll.

Specifically, this collection attempts to place the viewer literally within a room, looking at a surreal representation of that room, the confines of which are a proxy for the mind. Ethereal figures and rooms repeat across white sanatorium-like walls representing ephemeral shadows of the past. Memories are triggered once again through stop-motion video, translucent layering and the narrative of a scroll. All are replete with the phenomenology of memory and questions around trauma, attachment and our need to escape the past.