PreRaphaelite Soul: Inside an Artificial and Flourescent World by Yelena Milanesi

Yelena Milanesi was born and raised in Milano, a city full of style and quite competitive in the late half of exuberant '80s. She was a little solitary and silent red-haired baby, with foreign hints about her. Yelena loved to observe and record everything. Graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. With around 10 years experience in the field of photography and fine arts, a photo-portraitist with a focus on the Fine Art nude, she also contributes to the creation of fashion textile and art prints.

The place that I loved most was the atelier of my beloved grandfather, a painter and graphic artist.  Within such an artistic environment, I created sets and often acted by myself with available paintings, toys or clothes. This was the embryo of my performance oriented photography.

The inspirations are always representative of my unconventional childhood and from my long and eclectic course of study. Remembered smoky metropolitan visions with flashes of artificial fluorescent light, sharp human figures in black or white with no half measures, angular buildings a rationalists palette of gray/green, indigo, melancholic mist rising from the emptied beds of Navigli (canals), faded moths mysterious and helpless around streetlights Belle Epoque, minute and harmonics shapes of a dragonfly larva, the little light hidden somewhere on the stage that extends to become the one and only perception...

I mix my photographic activity with watercolors/acrylic canvasses. Sometimes I begin from a photo, sometimes from the totally white canvas. Many artworks are planned or, better, my mind knows unconsciously where to go…like in an ironic David Lynch movie…

All photos by Yelena Milanesi