Katya Grokhovsky is an interdisciplinary artist based in NYC. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.
Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL, Studios at MASS MoCA, MA, SOHO20 Residency, NYC, BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, NYC, VOX Populi Curatorial Fellowship, PA, Residency Unlimited, NYC, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, NE, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, NY, New York Residency and Studio Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, NM, Watermill Center Residency, NY and more. She has been awarded the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, Artist pension trust membership, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and others. Her work has been exhibited extensively.
My interdisciplinary process based practice combines painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, text and video and explores issues of gender, labor, alienation, displacement and the self, often employing the body as a tool to weave together the personal and the political.
Utilizing various found materials and objects, I cut and juxtapose them, exposing the absurd in the societal constructs of femininity and masculinity. Scrutinizing the idea of the binary in the everyday, I research the histories of beauty and aesthetics, whilst staging the bodies of the historically oppressed, in relation to the social order.
Attempting to invert the ephemeral nature of live performance, versus the object, post-performance residue is frequently re-constructed as evidence of the event, in a sculptural form. Drawing, collage and photography, are utilized as mediums of capture, often rearranged to create grotesque beings, inviting the viewer to re-imagine the world.
My time at SFAI served as a pivotal point in my practice and career. I came to SFAI as a recent MFA graduate and was able to expand and explore many aspects of my emerging practice. The work I created in New Mexico was exhibited in several exhibitions, including my first solo exhibition in Australia.