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Katia Bulbenko

Katia Bulbenko
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Katia Bulbenko - Weehawken, New Jersey, USA

Katia Bulbenko – Weehawken, New Jersey, USA



I’m a painter and surface designer with a background in silk painting. I hold a BFA in printmaking, but I love to make all kinds of things and find inspiration everywhere: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, weaving. Recently I’ve been creating mixed media assemblages out of my painted silk, combining them with painted wood shapes that I cut with a jigsaw. These are actually shapes I’ve been working with for years, and resemble my earlier abstract etchings and lithographs…  It’s like they have taken on color and become 3-dimensional. I am influenced by natural forms and objects that are worn, such as beach glass, driftwood, rust, peeling stucco, etc. Ideas about fragmentation and layers permeate all of my work. These same concepts emerge when I create on a smaller scale, in my painted silk beaded fiber jewelry. Tiny wearable fabric assemblages, these earrings and pendants are available at my Etsy store, as well as several craft galleries, including: Peters Valley Store and Gallery in Layton, NJ and Eyes Gallery in Philadelphia.

The fiber work and assemblages have appeared locally, nationally and internationally. Mixed media work was shown in the World of Threads exhibition, an international fiber show, in Toronto, Ontario in November 2016. Beaded pieces have been exhibited in SOFA Chicago, and won First Place in the Albuquerque Fiber Festival. Locally, I take part in the Hoboken Artist Studio Tour each fall, and showed in July 2016 at the Open Orange Biennial in Orange, NJ. I am a current member of the Surface Design Association and the American Craft Council.

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