alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.
Inspired by the traditional craftsmanship of Chinese artistry, “Alchemy: Between the Past and Magic” embeds the ancient philosophies of the intellectual sisters of painting, poetry, and landscape.
Through contemporary compositions between the magical realism of nature and the organic connections of timeless materiality, “Alchemy” probes its own conceptual process through inquisitive methodology and visual abstraction.
Originally produced, written, directed, and edited original short films & video projects, original architectural designs, as well as original mixed media, sculpture, painting, and kinetic art installation projects.
Ongoing Art Projects:
"Swan Song" A Conceptual Art Video, 2022
2022 - "Alchemy: Between the Past and Magic" (Solo: Elizabeth Ulanova), Independent Study Exhibition, Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upcoming
2021 - "Design Award 2021 Exhibition" A + D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, California (In Collaboration with Anna Stevens for "Palka")
2021 - "Fall 2021 Core I Studio Exhibitions" Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2020 - "Twining Egginton 2020 Exhibition" Heong Gallery, Cambridge, England (Covid Canceled)
2020 - "Twining Egginton 2020 Exhibition" Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England (Virtual Exhibit)
2020 - "Cedar Tree Exhibition" Battcock Lodge, Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
2018 - "Fall 2018 Senior Thesis Presentation", Leroy Neiman Gallery, Manhattan, New York
2018 - "Fall 2018 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York
-"Spring 2018 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York
2017 - "Fall 2017 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York.
-"Spring 2017 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York
2016 - "Fall 2016 Architecture Department Exhibition", Columbia University, Manhattan, New York
Original designs, in response to studio projects at Harvard Graduate School of Design MLA I.
Fall 2022 - "Alchemy: Between the Past and Magic" (Solo: Elizabeth Ulanova), Independent Study Exhibition, Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upcoming
Fall 2021 - "Fall 2021 Core I Studio Exhibition", Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The role of social media technology has had a profound influence on modern romantic relationships in the past decade. This dissertation critically reviews empirical literature from the field of new media studies (situated within the broader field of media and communications) that focus on the heightened impact of social media usage in the beginning to maintenance stages of romantic relationships. Moreover, gaps in the current literature are explored, such as limitations in the demographics and romantic relationship stages that are analyzed for data collection. For example, the paucity of published literature regarding how social media affects relationships past once users meet their partners is examined. Furthermore, this review questions the scope and focus of existing empirical case studies as well as highlights the importance of literary representation and the cruciality of diversity in this emerging field. It is important to note that this research is focused specifically on social media (such as Facebook), however, this does not exclude dating websites and applications (such as Tinder) that utilize social media profiles within its algorithms. Ultimately, future research must become more invested in inclusivity, namely who and what is represented both topically and empirically, to allow for more insightful exploration into this burgeoning research area regarding the influence of social media on modern romantic relationships.
October 2020: Downing College, University of Cambridge, Downing Graduate Conference 2020 (Select Research Presenter) - "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships"
January 2020: Downing College, University of Cambridge, MCR-SCR Seminar Night (Select Main Research Speaker) - "Social Intimacy in an Age of Tech-Inspired-Culture"
For my theses at Columbia University, I created original short films and installations that showcased alternative universes set in the immediate future. These storylines were centered around the modification or mediation of human behavior through fictional technology. For example, “Voices” critiqued the nature of internal transparency and surveillance within society, through the lens of a fictionalized world that mandates its citizens to wear telepathic brain microchips. Likewise, “Remember” focused on the subjective role of memory through the apparatus of glasses that record and playback every one of life’s moments. The goal of these projects was to present the sociological questions that inevitably arise when technology and culture overlap. Hence, I wanted audiences to digest my hypotheses in an engaging, visceral manner (through media) while I visually critiqued our human behavioral and cultural patterns. In my last thesis film “Connection," I focused on social interactivity and the role of self-medication through the framework of bioengineered pills that induce apathy. Live installations that included the utilization of video projection, sculpture, and paintings, such as “Cracked”, “Screens”, and “Body”, were also produced as tangible mixed collages that sought to create said dialogue in the physical sphere. In conclusion, I did not seek to predict the future, but rather to continually analyze and synthesize the influence of technology-inspired-cultures and culture-inspired-technology.
Exhibition: Leroy Neiman Gallery, December 2018, Manhattan, New York.
©Elizabeth Ulanova 2022