It is difficult to characterize exactly a genre which Elena Novikova employs in her work. It is something between fantasy, surrealism and grotesque. Her etchings are reminiscents of illustrations of medieval treatises, and her oil paintings evoke associations with the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch or Salvador Dali. Elena takes her characters from myths and fairy tales, from ancient alchemical works and science articles. So you can find women- toads, and a revived root of mandrake, Hydra and King Deer, Thumbelina and Adam and Eve among her characters. A careful attention to details also make her works special.