Yelena Popova is a multimedia artist whose ongoing fascination with nuclear industry reflects her upbringing in Ozyorsk, Russia, the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear-weapons programme. Her ‘Scholar Stones Project’, explores the deep connections between the nuclear industry, the landscape and the passage of time. She makes pigments for her paintings using soil from the research sites and the sculptures using stones found at those same sites. Two tapestries serve as propositions for mausoleums for the decommissioned Magnox reactors that cannot be dismantled for up to 100 years.
Popova’s works are at the Arts Council Collection, Government Art Collection, Nottingham Castle collection, RCA Collection, Saatchi Collection, Zabludowicz Collection, and LWL Museum, Münster.