Lately, Ralkov has been consumed with data visualizations, particularly in relation to her own natural environment. Because she works from photos stored online and on her computer, her practice is intrinsically linked to mechanisms of data storage. “There’s a lot of water surrounding data, cooling the servers of the server farms, around the fiber-optic cables on the seabed,” Ralkov said. “I like to speculate about these streams of images and how they mutate in bodies of water and form new lifeforms on their own.” Water is a recurring theme in her work and life.

“I love that the city is surrounded by water,” she remarked, expressing her fondness for Copenhagen. “On warm days I can work in my school studio, and walk for five minutes to swim in the harbor and cool down.” Ralkov lives on the outskirts of Copenhagen where a large park, complete with lakes and bogs, offers respite from the commotion of daily life. “There are so many birds and huge flocks of geese and I find it so entertaining to go for walks there and just watch all the drama that plays out,” she said.

While Ralkov describes social media as “a blessing and a curse,” she ultimately views it as a net positive, especially for Gen Zers who have “learned to use it in their favor.” Given the relatively small art scene in Copenhagen, Ralkov depends on social media to cultivate a broader community—a global network of artists with whom to share work, ideas, and notes of encouragement.

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