Milana Braslavsky | The Salon of Little Deaths

Artist Statement

My family moved to the United States from the Soviet Union in my formative years. Because of the culture shock and sudden immersion into a foreign culture, I experienced feelings of alienation and detachment and the wish to assimilate and belong. I express these emotions through the tension and discomfort conveyed in the artwork.

Recently I have been working with still lifes of arranged fruits and flowers. I photographed these at my parents' home, using my family's furniture, linens and dishes. I have always been fascinated by still life paintings, and their allusions to human relationships, lifestyle, and death.