asya reznikov
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   I work to create innovative, interactive, and/or kinetic sculpture that will transcend cultural and social barriers. My art explores humanities' relationship with technology, science, and nature, all through a visual metaphor of the future. Glass has been my primary material because it has best represented the concepts I have been addressing. The nature of glass is illusive; and the reflective, refractive, and transparent qualities of glass parallel the illusions through which humanity gains sustenance. Like glass, the human body possesses the dichotomous quality of appearing fragile while maintaining strength and vise versa. I have juxtaposed glass with other materials to make my sculptures and installations kinetic and/or luminescent. I am committed to learning and implementing varied techniques and materials to best convey my ideas. In the past I have made mechanized sculptures and collaborated with engineers to create pieces that use timers, sensors and motors. Currently, my ideas necessitate that I use photography and printed matter in my installations. Thus, I have been working with a photographer to aid in this endeavor.

   I use the human form or elements derived from the human form because it creates a basis for understanding across borders. Despite our various cultural backgrounds, our physiological structure is something that we all share. The body is the conduit through which control and understanding of the mind and spirit flow. In my art the body is the portal through which others can begin to understand my concepts. In my installations, stylized human forms or elements derivative of the human body are alternately supported, contained, illuminated, and set in motion by forces of technology. Thus, I address the relationship between man and what man has created and what the future holds for this relationship. What we have created, our technology is now transforming and "creating" us. In both western and eastern cultures the human life has diminished value either because of its abundance or because of our ability to prolong, alter, enhance and replicate life. My current work addresses the "commodification" of the human life. Though metaphors of advertising trends, my installations and futuristic representations of the human anatomy explore what human life means and what this meaning will be in the future.

   As technology progresses and humans create more impressive machines, humans themselves become more and more like little parts of one large machine, both physically and spiritually. The value of human life alters as we progress technologically. I want the viewer of my work to question what humanity is and what it is striving toward. Is life a commodity? Are we striving toward mechanization? In time will all humans be androgynous? Will we become cyborgs? The relationship between humanity and technology has become blurred in our modern society. This gray area of query and confusion is the petri dish from whence my creations are born.

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