Within my practice, I create oil paintings, watercolors, sculptural objects, and digital photo-collages to focus on issues of gender, body, and the self. It is about the experience of women’s body and embodiment, whether erotic, abusive, or metaphorical. I approach the body as a site of waste, abuse, and trauma as well as a source of vitality, desire, and pleasure.
My personal narrative informs my practice as a recent Russian immigrant in America. Since arriving in the US, I have experienced geographical and cultural displacement, problems associated with expression through language, loss of identity, and a general sense of disassociation, both personally and politically. While referring to large cultural, political, and historical contexts, my artwork expresses the complexity of a woman’s experiences in seeking and positioning herself in a new environment.