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.