Katya Grokhovsky
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Katya Grokhovsky

Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Visual Artist 
Origin: Ukraine and Melbourne, Australia
Currently based: New York City



Katya Grokhovsky is a multidisciplinary artist, working in various disciplines including video, installation, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and performance. She has an MFA (2011) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, a BFA (2007) from Victorian College of the Arts, Australia and a BA (Honours, 2000) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Grokhovsky is a recipient of Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant (2013), NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Mentoring Program (2012), Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, NAVA, Australia (2007), Maude Glover Fleay Award (2007) Australia and many others. She has been awarded residencies at NARS (New York Residency and Studio Foundation, 2013), Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (2013), NY, Santa Fe Art Institute, NM (2012), ChaNorth residency, NY (2012), chashama space to create residency, NY (2012), Watermill Center International Summer Residency, NY (2011), OxBow Residency, MI (2010), PAF(performing arts forum) residency, France (2008) and more.

She has been a visiting artist at University of Virginia (2013), Hunter College (2012), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and Latrobe College of Art and Design, Melbourne, Australia (2012). Her work has been shown in venues such as New York City Center, NYC, Watermill Center, Long Island, NY, Chashama, NYC, Ukrainian Institute of America, NYC, Verge Art Fair, Miami, FL, Pool Art Fair, NYC, Fountain Art Fair, NYC, Gallery 151, NYC, Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, New Jersey City University Gallery, NJ, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, The Bedroom, Brooklyn, Cue Foundation, NYC, Chelsea Art Museum, NYC, Galerie Protege, NYC, Defibrillator gallery, Chicago, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Blindside and BUS Projects, Melbourne, Australia amongst many others.
Who are you as an artist?
I am a Ukrainian born, Australian raised New York based interdisciplinary artist. I work in sculpture, video, performance, painting, drawing and writing. My work deals with notions of alienation, identity and gender construction through a displaced body. I relentlessly investigate the violent act of separation from one culture and frustrating necessary attempt to belong to another.
What prompted you to come to the US?
I came to US in 2009 as an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I eventually moved to New York post-graduation to pursue several creative projects and opportunities.
What did your course/project involve?
I have participated in a 6 month artist residency program at APT Institute (Artist Pension Trust) in Brooklyn, New York. The residency involved a studio space, curatorial visits and open studio events.
What were the highlights of your experience?
I have been able to broaden my professional network in New York, experiment widely with my work due to spacious studio space as well as secure several future exhibition opportunities.
Where did you find inspiration? 
New York city itself provided daily inspiration, as well as a dialogue with my peers at the residency.

What is your favorite piece of work that resulted from this experience?
I have created several performance-based works as well as new sculptures and objects, which I showed in exhibitions in New York and New Jersey.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on large scale collage works, paintings and sculptures, which I began at the residency and which will be exhibited in Summer 2014 in Hudson, NY as well as in Montreal, Canada and New York in 2015.
What is your vision for the future?
I envision my future as an actively practicing internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist, represented by a New York based gallery.

What advice would you give other artists aspiring to come to the US?
I would advise to secure some kind of opportunity such as a residency, an internship, a course or an exhibition, through which you might be able to establish your own network of peers and arts professionals.
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