My artistic practice is made up of diverse activities. I make paintings, multiples, site specific installations, sculptures and videos. I also design costumes and sets for theater and film, and readily participate in performances, collaborations and happenings. All of these different artistic modes and activities are unified in my practice by a choice of material: spandex. My use of spandex explores the behavior and potential of a fabric that revolutionized and queered our experience of clothing while shifting civilization towards a more plastic reality. In my work, spandex is not merely a clothing solution, it is an expressive, elastic, and mutable application. Printed in an infinite variety of patterns, responsive to polymers, paints, and other materials, my use of spandex seeks to explore the intersection of painting, sculpture, architecture, design and fashion.
Born Moscow, Russia
2007 Yale University School of Art, MFA, Painting and Printmaking
2005 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA
2000 The University of Chicago, BA, Comparative Literature; MA, Humanities