Headlands Center for the Arts

Boryana Rusenova Ina

ohio | visual
Artist in Residence Program 2020

Artist Statement

My work examines the connection between identity and belonging within the landscape genre and re-imagines our relationship to foreign and native lands. My studio practice is two-fold: it begins with the construction of props and dioramas, which then become subjects for paintings. This process borrows from pictorial genres like scenography to make evident the artifice within landscape images, which often hold implicit messages about belonging, ownership, and consumption. Through painting my fabricated sets, I subvert our perception of what is a familiar place and emphasize the role of landscape in constructing ideas of home and collective identity.

While at Headlands

While at Headlands I will be continuing my current project Against the Constable Skies, which has grown out of my fascination with skyscapes as they are depicted in paintings and in tourism. I see the local topography at Headlands as an opportunity to continue this project by shifting my attention to the uncanny summer fog and low clouds. I imagine taking a lot of walks to document the sky through plein air drawing and photography. I am also interested in the tourism industry in and around the Marin Headlands, and I will be gathering a lot of tourist paraphernalia to use as the subject for new work.

Selected Works

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