Mila Vovk is a ceramic sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles / Irvine, CA, USA. She was born in Germany, Dresden, and grew up in Kazakhstan.
She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University in Veliky Novgorod, Russia, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art College in Pskov, Russia.
Her current work explores the interplay between order, mathematical precision, and the chaotic beauty of nature. Her works delve into the ephemeral nature of existence and the relentless pace of our ever-evolving world. Through ceramics, Vovk crystallizes the timeless essence of emotion, transmitting inner feelings, anxieties, and unease.
She was recognized as a finalist in the Triennial Juried Exhibition of Ceramics Claybash at The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ, US.
Her upcoming international exhibitions include the XVIII International Contemporary Ceramics Award at the Museum of Teruel in Spain and the 16th International Biennial of Artistic Ceramics at the Aveiro Museum in Portugal.
Master of Fine Arts, The State University, Veliky Novgorod, Russia
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art College, Pskov, Russia
The 2023 Cheongju International Craft Competition, Cheongju, South Korea. Finalist
The Triennial Juried Exhibition of Ceramics Claybash, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, USA. Finalist
16th International Biennial of Artistic Ceramics, Aveiro Museum, Aveiro, Portugal
XVIII International Contemporary Ceramics Award, Museum of Teruel, Spain
Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea
Mila Vovk, Botanical Bas Reliefs, and sculptures, The Mission Viejo Public Library, CA, USA
VARIADO, H Gallery, Ventura, CA, USA
The Triennial Juried Exhibition of Ceramics Claybash, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, USA
In my current works, I am focusing on exploring the interplay between the balance of order and mathematical precision and the chaotic beauty of nature. My aim is to capture this dynamic tension in my sculptures by contrasting geometric shapes with chaotic textures.
In the "Entropy" series, I am researching the exploration of the range of emotions evoked by contemplating destroyed objects. I invite contemplatives to reflect on the irreversibility of destructive processes and experience a variety of emotional states, ranging from the struggle against change and attempts to rebuild new forms from old fragments, to a sense of helplessness when confronted with the inability to restore the entity to its former state. Every day, we ask ourselves questions and make choices. Today, will you choose the path of destruction or the path of creation?
"Petrified Impressions" is a series of works that delve into the ephemeral nature of existence and the relentless pace of our ever-evolving world. In these sculptures, the timeless essence of emotion is captured and crystallized forever in ceramics.
Within these non-objective sculptures, there is a transmission of inner emotions, anxieties, and unease. This series chronicles my impressions, observing the relentless velocity with which circumstances morph and evolve in our ever-shifting world. In the depths of this creative endeavor, one discovers a profound sadness rooted in humanity's mistakes, oblivious to the lessons history imparts. There is a yearning that resonates, an ache for the impossible reversal of time and the futility of halting fleeting moments.
As the light dances upon these sculptures, their spontaneous forms and contours continuously change, emerging from the shadows and shifting with the ebb and flow of daylight. Each stroke, executed by my fingertips, mirrors the erratic movements of the wind—gusty, unpredictable, and alive.
The randomness woven into the composition serves as a symbol of the dynamic changes that permeate society, mirroring the relentless acceleration of life in the modern world and the constant flux and variability that surround us.