I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and raised primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. My work explores the nuances of immigrant identity, as I navigate the cultures of two ideologically different, major world powers. Drawing inspiration from folk art, pattern, and kitsch, my paintings depict snapshot moments of every day life in a country inhibited by intergenerational hardship. In my research of visual vocabularies that range from ancient to contemporary, I process ancestral trauma, find beauty in “otherness” and align with the struggles for rights and opportunity in both my first and second home countries.