Adriana Farmiga (b. 1974) is an interdisciplinary artist and a first generation Ukrainian-American, by way of Argentina. Farmiga’s work operates in a realm of dichotomous iconographies that mirror her experience of cultural shifts. Her drawings, sculptures, and video installations have been exhibited in the US and abroad, including such venues as: Triple Candie, Tensta Konsthall, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dorsky Museum, Ukrainian Museum, and in a range of commercial and non-profit gallery spaces in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. In 2016, Farmiga was an artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. She is a faculty member at the Cooper Union, and is a vocal advocate for free education and community building. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union, and an MFA from Bard College.

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As an interdisciplinary artist, my work spans many mediums, aiming to uncover hidden or overlooked elements in the relationships between ideas, people, and things. Being raised in a tightly knit Ukrainian immigrant community, frequent travel between the United States and former Soviet Union provided parallel yet exposures to both a dominant consumerist society and a failed communist state.  The juxtaposition of these influences has greatly informed my approach towards- and reexamination of- superficially familiar artifacts, images, patterns, and materials. Throughout my practice, outwardly straightforward formal arrangements give way to perceived alternatives in which elements of: identity, memory, and place are filtered through layers of absurdity, humor, and wit.

Often combining elements of Still Life and Assemblage within a framework of point/counterpoint, I give great heed to the handmade coexisting alongside the manufactured. This reflects a strategy of positioning objects and compositional elements in order to spark larger, more nuanced dialogues, while often incorporating auto/biographical cues. Key to my thinking is a hope for a shifting perceptual space that allows for newfound interpretations of relation and otherness.