I explore the history of my family, the integration of identities, and the merging of cultures. Examining how my past influences my present, I blend together my family history and my new reality.
Each piece reflects the internal struggles of immigrants - the confusion, fear, homesickness, and uncertainty.
Basket weaving has reminded me of my mother braiding my hair.
Memories of a game my dad and I used to play, building mini wooden wells - an object that came to symbolize the building of a new home after emigrating.
The intertwining symbolizes the coming together of past memories and the writing of the new history in immigration.
My first payday in the US
This sculpture contains the essence of my conflicting emotions surrounding a potential visit to Russia—the yearning to reunite with my relatives and friends, intermingled with a profound sense of insecurity. In my homeland, a place tainted by a brutal totalitarian regime, those who dare to voice opposition against the war in Ukraine are subjected to persecution.