I draw inspiration from the disturbance of the mundane. I find visuals in life that surrounds me, and manipulate them into something that they are normally not, basically changing the obvious, the common, the familiar, creating a scene, the was never seen before, but is emotionally recognizable.
For me art making is a philosophical quest. I believe that if you wish to get hold of the invisible, you must penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible (Max Beckman). Some of the methods that I use are: changes in perspective and physical orientation, mimicry, juxtaposition of tactile (found objects collage) and painterly, playing games with visual expectations and more.
Most of my work is painting on canvas, wood panel or paper, with added elements of collage. In order to quickly “lay out ” an idea, I start with acrylics, charcoal and pastels. After that I work with very thin coats of paint, eventually adding impasto in a few areas, and building up transparent, semi-opaque and opaque layers as the work develops. Oils are usually added at later stages, to create more precise and subtle effects. My work is always a give and take between the abstract and the representative. In the last couple of years I started adding found surfaces, like pieces of clothing, napkins, candy-wrappers, etc. to my work. This helps me introduce another level of reference, of contrasts and affinities into a piece, and emphasizes tactile qualities, which effect and express the sensual aspect of art and life.
CV: Recent exhibitions and performances
2013 Monthly Third Friday Art Events at Bridgeort Art Center Studio in Chicago
2013 Nasty, Brutish and Short Cabaret Show at LInks Hall, Chicago
2012 Paper Boat Puppet Group performs in numerous Chicago Public Library locations
2012 CWCA Women History Month Exhibition, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago
2011 Curated and participated in: "Ballou and You", the Chicago Artist Month exhibition, Chicago
2011 Participted in Fanthom Gallery's "Art-Hive" project for the Milwaukee Ave. Art Fest, Chicago
2011 “Sanctuaries in Time”; National Juried Exhibition of the Jewish Artists Network, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at Columbia/Barnard University, New-York City
2010 “No Place Like Home”; a juried group exhibition of women art at the Koehnline Museum of Art, (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)
Oct. - Nov.2009 Down to There: Women and Their Relationship to Hair; a juried group exhibition at the Koehnline Museum of Art (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)
October 2009 Chicago Revisionists: History, Memory and Dreams group show at the Phantom Gallery, Chicago
September 2009 Featured Member Artist on the Women Caucus for the Art website, http://www.nationalwca.org
June 2009 The Square Foot Show, Galaxie. Chicago
June 2009 The Little Black Book group exhibition, showcasing the artistic process from sketches to finished artwork, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, New York, http://www.stacarts.org
2009 5th Annual National Self-Portrait Online Exhibition, 33collective Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change, The Art Lounge, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2008 - 2009 The Healing Power of Art; an online juried exhibition, the Excellence Award,
2008 Chicago Art Open 2008, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL USA
2008 A solo exhibition at the Bankoff Gallery of the Jewish Federation of Saint Joseph Valley in
South Bend, Indiana
2008 Group show at the Durstadt Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (part of the
rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change project)
2008 Sustaining the Environment, an ongoing on-line exhibition of art-cards, made from and on recycled materials, http://wcaartwavesinternational.blo...
2007 Words Within - National Juried Exhibition of the Jewish Artists Network, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at
Columbia/Barnard University, New-York City (February/March) and Rubin-Frankel Gallery at the Boston University Hillel (April/June)
2005 "Travelling" group show, IADT Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 Member of the Planning Committee and exhibitor for the "Freedom/Response" Art Exhibition, at the Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois
2004 Chicago Art Open
2004 "Eroticism" group show, IADT Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2004 Film score for "F vs. P", a film by Nader Nikoupour
2003-2004 "Less is More" Group Show of small size art, TZ Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 Paintings on display at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design Faculty Showcase
2003 "Documentation" group exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2003 Ox-Bow Winter Benefit Auction, Chicago, IL
2001 Artwork exhibited at Chicago Art Open, Chicago , Illinois
1999-2000 Paintings represented by Gallery Alexie, New York City, NY
2000 Created and produced “The Russian Salon”, a show dedicated to the Russian Avant-Garde Art for the Chicago Cultural Center. Credits include writing, acting, directing.
2000 Wrote, directed and produced "Flying Folios", a 24-minutes long mockumentary, the starting point of which is a desire of a young man to find out anything about Vladimir Nabokov.
2000 Solo exhibition at Stephen Gang Galleries/Gallery Alexie, New York, NY.
1999 A series of drawings for a one person play "Blow me". Trap-door Theater, Chicago
1999 Two multimedia projects (short films with special effects), "Paris Sex-Shop" and "Being Japanese", shown at EXE, Digital Media Spectacle Event. Chicago IL
1999 Paintings on display at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design Faculty Showcase
1998 Showed paintings and participated in the IMAGEBOMB multimedia installation for the Around the Coyote Art Festival, Chicago, IL.
1998 Acted in the production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame, directed by Amy Kerwin at the University of Illinois Studio Theater.
1997 Exhibited paintings for the Around the Coyote Art Festival, Chicago, IL
1997 A Group Show of hand-made books, Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 – 2002 member of the pop-rock band Phenomenal Cat
1996 VR Film PARTIA PROJECT, by Irene Vodar; the Lead.
1994 "Balloon" - a video-film by Andrei Rabodzeenko; Actress.
1991-1994 Paintings represented by Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1993 «Viva la Comedia!» - an installation for the Doorika Theatre benefit, Chicago, IL.
1992 Acted in "Parlando" - a play by DOORIKA, an experimental Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
1990 MAZURKA - a video film by Michael Wasserman; the smoking woman.
1989 Group Show in the REGA Art Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel.