Elena Papanikolakis lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her practice melds together found materials, personal and cultural remnants and memory to probe the nature of experiences, function and authenticity. She is interested in exploring the periphery of understanding and the potential presented when observations are unravelled through degrees of abstraction. Her works are heavily invested in material processes and often consist of painting, collage and text. 
She was the recipient of the 2018 Ursula Hoff Institute Award for Postgraduate excellence in Visual Art and Music, as part of the National Works on Paper Prize at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. She has also been awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales Paris Studio, the 2016 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship and NAVA’s NSW Artists’ Grant. She has undertaken numerous residencies including the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris) and Parramatta Artist Studios.

Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including: Primavera 2017: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Parramatta Artist Studios at Artspace, Sydney, New Sacred at Mosman Art Gallery and Young Moderns at Penrith Regional Gallery. 
Recent exhibitions include: SLIPPERY WHEN WET at Olsen Annexe, There is Fiction in the Spaces Between 2019 John Fries Award at UNSW Galleries, Sydney, and a solo exhibition titled Then, closer, at ReadingRoom, Melbourne; and Light Matter at Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.

Elena is represented in Melbourne, Australia by ReadingRoom

Contact: elena.papanikolakis@gmail.com
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