Weehawken, New Jersey
Katia Bulbenko is a mixed-media artist based in Weehawken, NJ and has been drawing and making things ever since she can remember. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including at the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago and World of Threads Festival.
After studying printmaking and painting at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, Katia worked as a freelance textile designer, painting on silk for home goods and women's apparel.
Katia’s interest in textiles led her to explore works in fiber, making beaded fabric jewelry and layered non-representational constructions made of painted silk and painted wood. These abstract pieces are an intersection of sculpture and painting, inspired by color, nature, erosion, organic objects and landscape. They have roots in Katia’s experience as a printmaker; a process she used involving blocking out organic shapes onto deeply bitten etching plates produced craggy edges, multiple layers and a desired “wabi-sabi” effect. These constructions are a sculptural development of that idea, having depth through the buildup of wood and fabric layers, plus the addition of vibrant color and surface pattern.