Alena Grishko is an artist from Moscow creating realistic portraits in contemporary gothic manner. Alena reflects on death, not physical one, but a social absence in the context of detachment, immersion in oneself and falling out of casual life. Central to the artist’s work are themes of remembrance and oblivion, traces of the past and addressing anxiety. Artist explores the relationship between waking life and memories, mysticism of dreams and self-discovery among this. Intentional incompleteness and surrealistic details give the mixed feeling of longing and loneliness, showing the advantage of the emotional component over the narrative. Alena applies a variety of mixed media to create a deep mystical atmosphere, working with oil on wood panels. Gouache graphic takes the special place in artist’s life. Such choice of concept roots in Alena’s coma experience, which dramatically influenced her art.