FROM THE ARTIST
"In my work I explore ideas of space and belonging. My work seeks to challenge embedded modes of "being" and spotlight unheeded impressions found within the cultural landscape of "place."
My drive to create stems from my personal history growing up in post World War II Russia. My upbringing in my grandparents’ household in the 1990’s was filled with lingering trauma of the Holocaust and World War II. My grandparents’ stories, social circles, my school and the media made me conscious of the horrors people faced. The war ended 50 years before I was born, but fear of starvation, becoming handicapped, family loss, and another outbreak of war invaded my everyday life.
In 2000, I was lucky to immigrate to the United States. I was introduced to a carefree childhood and opportunities for my life that I never dreamed of in Russia. The pursuit of art has allowed me to embrace a sense of responsibility for others like me - born and raised in wrong parts of the world at the wrong time. Through my work, I give voice to marginalized victims of politics around the world. It is necessary to raise questions on our collective loss of vitality, self-expression and intellectual development due to political unrest."
Current New York University, MFA, New York City, NY
2006-2011 Fashion Institute of Technology, BFA, New York City, NY
2010 Vesalius College (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Brussels, Belgium
2004 Corcoran College of Art and Design, Summer Program, Washington D.C.
2017 "The Cambodian Experience: Our Journey to America", United Cambodian American Network, Stockton, CA
2016 Art the Arboretum, Laurelwood Arboretum, Wayne, NJ
2015 Fashion Institute of Technology, alumni guest speaker, New York, NY
2014 Who is Your Mama, Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ