Visiting Artist 2014
Romi Sloboda was born in the United States and spent her childhood living in both the United States and her mother's native city, Seoul, Korea. She studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre in Florence, Italy, and received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and included in the “Paper Road International Exhibition” in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the “International Print Triennial” in Cracow, Poland. In addition to grants from the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia, she also received a residency fellowship from the Cité Internationale des Arts foundation in Paris, France.
Over my career, my work has already shifted from a focus on printmaking to painting and mixed media work. During my residency period at CentralTrak I will pursue an alternate line of investigation -- a series of sculptures that reflects my longtime interest in vessels, layering, translucency, and merging different materials.
Antique Korean ceramic vessels have served as reference points in my work because they figure prominently in my childhood memories. The shapes of these mundane stoneware jars and cups continue to serve as vehicles to investigate pattern and form in my work, as well as departure points to investigate my ideas about containment and loss.
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