Andjana Pachkova: Bio
I am a cosmopolitan oddball, born in Ukraine, transported by family circumstance to Russia, blown by the wind of change to America and finally putting some sort of roots here in Sydney, on the gorgeous east coast of Australia.
I painted and drew all my life but circumstances of my upbringing were such that I ended up a Wall Street and then a Silicon Valley corporate lawyer. Fortune has been decidedly mine, however, to be able to devote myself to art full time as of 2013 and here I am now proudly a represented artist with Stanley Street Galley in Sydney, with my first gallery solo exhibition, another two solo shows coming up within a year and many group shows I took part in.
I did not come to art early or directly or easily but I am here to stay because this path is deeply felt, thought through and wished for. Besides, being an artist is one of those careers where having a life of experiences - good and bad - is a positive thing, experience gives meaning and context.
As a visual artist I am captivated by everything I see in the world around me. I am enthralled by the things we hear - music and exploration of sounds really help the development of my visual language and expression of my themes. Music especially is a primary source of inspiration in my work.
I am not doing this to make pretty pictures. I want to make true pictures all the while reflecting the complex aesthetics I have developed over a life span of travelling across the globe. I am now settled in Sydney with my husband and our young family of boys. Life is busy and I am happy when I am in the quiet of my studio, listening to music and painting.
Andjana (Andy) Pachkova comes from the traditional Russian art tutoring background. Following Perestroika, in the early 1990s, she took classes at Stroganov Moscow State University of Art and Industry, as well as studied with various private tutors.
In 1997 Pachkova won a prestigious Davis Fellowship and subsequently moved to the United States to pursue a graduate degree in liberal arts at Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, Pachkova took a visual arts class to enhance her drawing technique. After that she studied art at the night courses at NYU, and later, continued her studies here in Australia through a two-year study at Northbridge Visual Art School (“NVAS”) (earned Diploma of Visual Arts in 2014) and at the Willoughby Art Center (“WAC”) and the Wollarha Waverly Art School (“WWAS”). At WAC, NVAS and WWAS Pachkova studied with such notable local artists as Idris Murphy, Jo Bertini, Brandt Lewis, Denis Clarke and Tony Tozer, among others. Recently Pachkova started developing an interest in printmaking and ceramics which further informed her understanding of her artistic practice.
Andjana Pachkova holds a Master of Law from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and a Bachelor of Laws from Moscow International University. Pachkova has lived and studied law and art in many countries and has had a wealth of experiences and imagery that she has been working on integrating in her art.
Having moved to Australia in 2013, Pachkova developed a keen passion for the Australian landscape and has enjoyed the local art scene ever since. The artist has passionately explored the Australian landscape through line and color. Pachkova is interested in understanding the subtle changes in the human psyche that occur when a person moves through a series of places. Her further interest lies in discovering how that mutual interaction of the human being and the landscape shapes both. Pachkova is captivated by the never-ending dance of the nature and the human, passionate and loving to be sure, yet mostly violent, and at times exploitative.
Pachkova lives and works in Willoughby, NSW with her husband and three young sons.
As of April 2017, Pachkova is represented by Stanley Street Gallery in New South Wales and Mercury Gallery in Moscow.
Andjana Pachkova: CV June, 2020
Awards and achievements
Pachkova's works are held in private collections across the United States, including Harvard Law faculty in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Russia, all over Australia, Iceland, Finland, Israel and Lebanon.
Reviews and publicity
Several appearances of Pachkova's paintings in the Secret City TV series, 2018-2019, available on Foxtel and Nextflix.
Music Album Cover Commissions:
Reza Naeemi: Castle in the Sky, July 1, 2018
The Best Pessimist: Drawing the Endless Shore, DRAMA November 2017
MUUI: Seminal relased on MicroCastle, February 2017
Paranoid Dancer/Patrik Carrera: Vacant, January 2017
Paranoid Dancer/Patrik Carrera: Type 7-9, December 2016
Paranoid Dancer/Patrik Carrera Whim, December 2016
Paranoid Dancer: Reset November 2016
Directorships and Community Involvement:
In 2017 Andjana Pachkova was elected to the Board of Director of Workshop Art Center in Willoughby, Sydney area. Andjana serves as the Chairwoman on the Programming Committee of the board.
Elissa Sykes-Smith: Bio
Elyssa Sykes-Smith is an artist currently working within the fields of site-specific sculpture, installation, performance and public art. She seeks to translate the expressive qualities of the figure, exploring form, space and movement pushing the figure towards abstraction and approaching sculpture as a multisensory experience that incorporates many forms of media to explore issues of and experiences of humanity.
Her practice encompasses analysing emotional and psychological states derived from personal and public experiences and creating artworks in response to architectural and natural environments. When the sculpture not only responds to a site but also brings it to life, a dynamic relationship is created between the audience, artwork and surrounding environment. Key concerns involve encouraging her audience to experience an environment from an altered perspective and connecting to an artwork through a visceral, embodied response.
The approach Sykes-Smith takes is one of evolution. She aims to build off her pre-existing body of work to explore new materials, processes and concepts. These evolutionary possibilities will manifest in the future through inventive installation, performance and large-scale public artworks.
Elyssa Sykes-Smith is a Shoalhaven-based artist currently exploring the figure through site-specific sculpture and installation. In 2013 she completed a BFA (Hons) in Sculpture at The National Art School. Sykes-Smith has exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2012-16) and Cottesloe (2015-16) and received the Clitheroe Foundation Mentorship in 2012 and the Staff Choice Award in 2013. She was awarded First Prize and People’s Choice Prize at Sculpture at Scenic World in 2015, completed a studio residency at the Waverley Woollahra Art School in 20XX, took part in the Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project, National Film and Sound Archives, and has a permanent installation in the Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney collection. Sykes-Smith recently interned with the artist Isidro Blasco in New York City, Madrid and Lisbon. In 2016 she created an artwork for the front façade of the Shoalhaven City Art Centre and Regional Gallery; received the Shoalhaven Public Art Grant to create a sculpture for permanent public display at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre where the project is at the initial stages; and is currently undergoing an artist in residence at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Sykes-Smith continues to explore creative sculpture, installation and performance possibilities.
Suzi Zglinicki: Bio
I am an artist who works between Sydney and the Hunter Region of NSW. My current work is an exploration of the many moods of the Hawkesbury River. It is inspired by the flow of water, mountains, fog and trees at the liminal zone of the river. I uses natural forms and materials to create semi-abstracted images in particular works related to an environment unmarked by human intervention, a world no longer in existence, to places where there is no sign of human desecration, a place that is said to be no longer found anywhere on the earth. My artworks are painted in ink on canvas, in an effort to capture some of the essences of water, such as fecundity, balance and profusion. I have constructed my vision of a particular place, the Hawkesbury River, while drawing inspiration from a much broader range of marine environments. The muted rendering of light and tone in my paintings establishes the stillness and luminosity of the river at dusk or dawn, while the underlying forms generate a symmetry between sky and ground that simulates a peaceful balance and harmony. The soft edges and indeterminate shapes create a sense of mystery and a feeling of power behind the stillness. A kind of eeriness pervades each dark, brooding landscape. In addition the eighty-one small works are designed to create wonder and awe in their mass and variety, despite the similarities of materials, size and colour.
I am an artist who works in the Hunter Region of NSW. My artworks are created in a variety of media from abstract to representational. Creating art has been a life-long passion and I have completed both my Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) and Master of Fine Art at the National Art School in Sydney. I have received a highly commended in the Singleton Art Prize and been part of a number of group shows in the Hunter and Sydney. I took part in a community art project in conjunction with Maitland Council and Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) in 2013 and one of my drawings was selected for the archive of the National Art School in that year. In 2015 I was one of a group of local artists featured in an exhibition at the Cessnock Regional Gallery.