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2024 MFA VolhaP 01

Volha (Lola) Panco (Arizona State University) is the recipient of a 2024 Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture.

Volha (Lola) Panco, who was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1989, is a painter whose practice is profoundly influenced by the post-Soviet landscape of her homeland. Her work explores the impact of social and political upheavals on our relationship with the environment, turning it from leisure and resource to one of shelter and survival. Through elements of cityscapes, vegetation, and light, her paintings highlight the emergence, endurance, and demise of beings, and reflect on the delicate balances between ecosystems, the consequences of power structures, and the natural cycles of life and death.

Panco mobilizes the formal tension of painting as outwardly static but inwardly charged, pushing beyond the limit of coherent logic and conveying the deep complexity of life’s impalpable connections and hidden phenomena. She treats painting as a continuous process of becoming, using each brush stroke as a fleeting moment in time that reaches over into another, forming interconnected, ever-changing layers of existence. Through layers of paint, built architecture and the architecture of time meet on the surface of her canvases, creating opportunities for new forms of life to come into existence.