Elena Stonaker (b. 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. Her work revolves around the concept of archaic revival, bridging studies of ancient mythology, shamanistic practice and traditional craft in order to create guiding structure within the fluidity, speed and growing uncertainty of contemporary existence. Her interest lies in examining the balancing intersection of dualities (masculine/feminine, light/shadow, death/birth, creation/destruction, etc), but also in exploring and celebrating the uncomfortable tipping points of imbalance that create the impetus of growth and movement. Stonaker's creations are defined by the intensive labor of hand-beading, embroidery and layers: whimsical, raw depictions spoken through soft sculpture, wearable art, paintings, moving image, art direction and performance. Her work has been exhibited and recognized worldwide. She is represented by Maavven.
Photo courtesy of Dominoe Farris