Artist Statement

Zhenya Sklar is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Zhenya received her BFA from Pratt Institute, and her MPS from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU New York.

I create my work by threading over painted, found, reclaimed surfaces.
The things I incorporate into my work include photographs, found images, documents, newspaper clippings. I arrange, collage, paint or block out parts or areas to expose or cover visual elements to arrange or order them. The treading is like a screen covering, concealing, or protecting, similarly to edits or scratches or blocking out in the page of writing.

I work with various colors to show certain ideas, thoughts and feelings, things I remember, stories I heard when I was younger, encounters I have on daily bases, all land themselves to a drawing or image. I find that the “drawing” that I create with thread over the painted, or mixed surface tends to be rooted in symmetry with geometric elements and patterns
I view my images as landscapes. The painting and threading is linear just like the fabric weaving and text. I frame my pieces on woven surfaces.

Zhenya’s work has been exhibited at the A.I.R. Gallery and Bushwick Open Studios. As vydavy(in collaboration with husband Misha Sklar) Zhenya’s work has been exhibited at the Moscow Biennial and Architectural Venice Biennial as well as has been awarded a Public Art Commission through The Queens Museum of Art.