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Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Sara Clark


My life and my art are extensions of my Russian Orthodox faith and Slavic heritage. For many years, I have been influenced by religious folk objects and books found around my home and church. Ultimately, this led me to explore other traditional Slavic forms of iconography. Discovering the commonality between the Russian and American cultures and their arts and crafts has been an ongoing journey. Originally, whether showing the different ways to portray a flower or a saint, I used only paint. Now, I express my ideas through heating metal, glass, wax, and gems. Understanding how to combine centuries old techniques with a contemporary presentation has become a passion that continues to inspire my jewelry and sculpture.


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Date of Submission

October 2011