Daria Shkeleva – E.D.E.N.
‘E.D.E.N.’ is an installation based on a neural network that was trained with images of real trees and forests. The work is shaped like a corridor, inviting the visitor to enter and witness the full circle of life.
At the beginning of the hall, images of nature are still very lush and blooming. Towards the end of the hall, nature has interacted with the visitor, making it more deformed and ruined. Crossing the final line, we pass the inevitable boundary, a certain point of no return, beyond which nature has ended its existence.
With the work, Daria Shkeleva compares planet Earth with the marvellous garden of Eden, that maybe one day we will have to abandon because of our thirst for knowledge. The constant
technological progress of mankind systematically influences our planet and its ecosystems, she says, which may further lead to the fact that we will be exiled from Earth due to destruction and
unsuitability for life.
Hailing from St. Petersburg, narrative painter, photographer and installation artist Daria Shkeleva participates in numerous exhibitions across the world. Her work is showcased in private collections in Russia and abroad, including the private collection of Buddhist scholar Sitagu Sayadaw.