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.

 See more of Adriana's work at www.adrianafarmiga.com

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.