Alien Bloom installations series 2011-2018: My Yard, Colors Insulting To Nature, Brooklyn Nights, Bloom On The Edge, East Village Bloom, Black Light Bloom, If I Could I Would I Should.
Alien Bloom Is an ongoing collaborative Installation by Eteri Chkadua and Gocha Chkadua. It represents the fictional Alien Garden, with a view of an hallucinatory landscape created with oil paintings, objects, handwritten letters, photos, lights, video and sculptural “alien" flora.
In this project, Eteri — a first generation Georgian immigrant — investigates and narrates the psychological development of children in Third World countries, and how immigration affects their perception of place and belonging. The paintings explore themes of memory, fantasy and displacement. Each painting has a diaristic quality that grapples with the psychological impositions of being a refugee, but offers a hallucinatory migration.
The paintings are set among the "alien flora” — hand made by collaborator Gocha Chkadua. This is a post-industrial landscape, constructed from tossed-out plastic containers collected from neighborhoods around the world. The collected plastic containers are meticulously manipulated in order to illustrate how the transformation of disposable objects can transport one to a world of possibilities.
The installation as a whole is a space for an ontological celebration that represents the transformation of the crude excrement of society. Alien Bloom is an ongoing project that generates inquiry about humanity and sustainability in addition to providing a place, both real and imagined, for the cast-away .
If I Could I Would I Should, 2017 - 2018
Alien Bloom Since January, 2015 - 2017
Separation, oil/linen, 78X64 inches
Kids, oil/linen, 52x50 inches
Bearded Man, oil/linen, 76X52 inches
Alien Bloom Since January, oil/linen, 36x56 inches
Mother, oil/linen, 44x60 inches
Aliens (On Alien Land), 52x96, Oil/linen, 52x96 inches
Alien Feelings, oil/linen, 20X24 inches
Tsatsloba, (The Tradition In Mountain) oil/linen, 52X76 inches
Summer In The Mountains
The Foreigner In 1969, oil/linen, 40X56 inches
Man From The Mountains, oil/linen, 50x52 inches
Bride from Akhmeta, 2002, oil on linen, 46x42 inches (116.8x107.2 cm)152