Elena Elagina was born in Moscow in 1949. Her father was writing books for children, and her mother was a chemist. From an early age, she became interested in both word and image. Since 1979, she has become a regular participant in the actions of the Collective Actions group. As a result, she managed to combine her two contradictory interests in her works. Since then, separate highlighted words can be found in her work, often accompanied by a number of figurative elements providing comments and entering into diverse relationships with words. Since 1990, she has often worked on large-scale projects in collaboration with Igor Makarevich.