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Yelizaveta Nersesova ‘WOMAN/ DRIFTER/ EARTH/ BODY ‘

Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening receptions for two artist solo exhibitions on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:30 PM.  The exhibitions will feature new works from Dallas based painter Lisa Cardenas during her show entitled Silence is Home and Portland based painter Yelizaveta Nersesova for her show entitled Women/Drifter/Earth/Body. The exhibitions will conclude on February 11, 2017.

Yelizaveta Nersesova ‘WOMAN/ DRIFTER/ EARTH/ BODY’
The current body of work is fueled by my experience of Argentine Tango… as a particular dance form, as a culturally specific way of life, as an ideology, as a metaphor for life, as a historical record of political, technological, psychological and biological evolution. In the past two years Argentine Tango became for me a physical and poetic field where the most dynamic aspects of my biology, culture, and history play themselves out. 

My work is a visual record, a sort of topography, of the multidimensional, emotional journey that I experience internally as I dance. Within my dance I enter a special, timeless state of embodiment. In this state the boundaries of my body dissolve and I undergo a process of transmutation, merging with my partner into a “super-individual unit.” Here, with my eyes closed, my senses reach through another’s body, my awareness is amplified, navigating through space as a unique eight limbed organism, driven by the music. Here there is no linear time, everything takes place at once and everything organizes itself perfectly. Here I am nobody and many different identities at once. Here I shape shift… woman, drifter, earth, body… Each entity composed of countless characters and each character holding a particular emotional blueprint within my consciousness. As I dance I am an observer, taking in the history of myself, as a human being, as an animal, as an organism. 

My passion for travel and exploration stems from my the wonderful and adventurous childhood. I was born in Iran and spent my early years in Zambia, Africa where my parents worked at the Russian embassy. In the early 1990s we moved back to Russia where we stayed until 1996. My father’s work took us to Dallas, Texas where I spent the next 18 years. After finishing high school I pursued a double major in studio art and art history at the University of North Texas. Upon receiving my BFA I went on to complete an MFA program in studio art at Southern Methodist University and an MA in art history from University of North Texas. It was during this time that I got introduced to yoga, meditation, dance, and other movement modalities which have become a major influence in my work as an artist and teacher. In the spring of 2014 I moved to Portland, OR, where I began teaching at Pacific Northwest College of Art. In Portland I have delved further into the expressive and healing power of dance within Argentine tango, Blues, and contact improvisation


November 19, 2016 to February 11, 2017
12:00pm to 5:00pm


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1415 Slocum St
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