MATTER, MATTER, OBJECT, WALL IS NOW ON DISPLAY IN THE 117 GALLERY. SEE THE EXHIBITION FROM NOW UNTIL JUNE 9.
Victoria (Vika) Bulgakova was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, in a republic that is now Ukraine. She graduated from music college and taught classical piano prior to moving to the USA in 1994. Vika received her BA in English Literature and MA in Graphic Communications from New York University; she managed development of software systems for financial and educational institutions for over a decade before coming to Cranbrook and becoming an exhibiting metal artist.
The experiences of being a first generation immigrant from a post Soviet Ukraine, having navigated through a corporate career in a new country, and having both succeeded and failed in many personal and professional relationships throughout my life – all have a direct impact on my work; a lot of it is focused on the inquiry into belonging, malleability, and coping with the unknown. How do we adjust to discomfort caused by the void of uncertainty? What does it feel like not to have a definitive answer? How much can one stretch, shrink, bend, thin, thicken? Through the process of jewelry and object making, I am exploring what can become of a material matter if the context it originally belonged to and the substance it consists of are reinvented.
See more of Victoria's work on her website.