Katia Bulbenko is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of painting and sculpture, who has exhibited work locally, nationally and internationally. Her abstract constructions, related to nature and landscape, are studies in composition and layering as well as a reflection of her inner life, becoming their own realms. Katia's pieces are influenced by eroded objects, fragments and relics. After completing her BFA in printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Katia discovered silk painting and created textile designs for women's apparel. Many of her painted silk pieces have found their way into her layered assemblages, which may also include upcycled materials, wood, canvas, paper, felt, and beads.
"In my constructions I layer painted organic shapes in contrasting materials inspired by the forms and textures found in the ever changing landscape and eroded natural objects. I find beauty in their imperfections and expression of impermanence. My experience as a textile designer is evident in the painted surface patterns I create for the work. The pieces are made up of fragments, and I like to think of each completed work as an object and a fragment itself, part of a larger whole. I hope to create a connection with the universal feeling of belonging. I enjoy the interplay of textures, forms, and colors as well as the ambiguity of the materials. "