Ellina Kevorkian is an artist and curator who finds hybridized relationships between painting, photography, video, and performance. She brings an 18-year career in the arts that has shaped her viewpoint supporting work that not only challenges our expectations of method and content between disciplines but also, to fight for integrity in the arts; for the artist’s intention, for the inclusivity of under-recognized voices, and advocating for artist sustainability. All this, while pushing to stay curious and then to become informed.
Through her own paintings and video art, she has looked at intersections between feminism, identity, and family autobiography– often with the participation of her twin sister, as well as her children– while observing cultural representations of women. Kevorkian has participated in solo and group exhibitions, showing work at Western Project, Mark Moore Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary art Denver, The Center for the Art of Performance at University of California Los Angeles, as well as inclusion in the Southern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts sponsored retrospective Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006. Her work was recently written about by Sunjata Iyengar in Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies—Gender, Race and Sexuality published by Routledge Press, edited by Ania Loomba and Melissa Sanchez.
Kevorkian’s curatorial focus is situated between her interests in both the visual arts and performance–she follows experimental works that push the boundaries of expectation whether it redefines medium, discipline, or social construct. Always in pursuit of the idea, regardless of medium, this makes her work interdisciplinary in nature.
Kevorkian gives attention to artists who explore the human condition, who through sensual materiality, or experience and/or response, and who engage and reflect our vulnerability and empathic need for connection. Equally, she is interested in artists investigating and responding to how we fail through these humanist tendencies. Kevorkian experiences almost all work through this humanist framework.
She’s been a guest to universities, conferences, and convenings, participating in nation-wide discourse and panel reviews for significant institutions such as The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Center for Cultural Heritage, United States Artists, the Harpo Foundation, The Alliance for Artist Communities, as well as College Art Association (CAA). She was named as a Portland Emerging Arts Leaders (PEAL) which is affiliated with the Emerging Leaders Network, a program of Americans for the Arts. Kevorkian has been written about in The LA Times, The LA Weekly, ArtForum, ArtPulse, and Artnet. She holds an M.A. from Wesleyan University in curatorial practice as well as an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Most recently. Kevorkian served as artistic director for residency programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.