My paintings embrace the necessary diametric experience of nature and climate cataclysm in order to offer pathways of understanding, collective mourning, and reevaluation. I use lyricism and abstraction to conjure the inverted pain of only realizing the vast importance of something the moment it vanishes. The fragmentation of this awareness is demonstrated in the physical and implied layering. Embedded topographies portray the concept of landscape as both the historical and emotional embodiment of anthropogenic damage. Looming shadows, ghost formations, cascading light, and torn paper cutouts conjure entities that are diachronically expressed-still fathomable and tangible while also being irretrievably lost.
Ava Fedorov is a visual artist and writer with a background that also includes design and film. She pulls from all realms of her creative knowledge to portray disappearing wilderness, haunted geographies, and the connection between internal and external landscapes. Ava's work has been exhibited, collected, and published internationally and she has been honored to collaborate with artists, art residencies, and institutions across the world. Ava is a two-time John Young Scholar in the Arts awardee and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a PEN America Award. She teaches studio art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is the founder and president of CICADA (cicadaartists.org), an organization amplifying the creative response to environmental justice.