Entangled and Ensnared [and details] 66" x 48" and 64" x 48" Acrylic, chalk, colored pencil on canvas
Shadowtime and Epoquetude [and details] 120" x 168" Acrylic, paper collage, and graphite on canvas
From Above, From Within, Drench the Fires that Chase Us [and details] 96" x 65" Acrylic, tape, ink, graphite, and chalk on canvas
My deepest gratitude goes to my Thesis Committee, Debra Drexler, Scott Groeniger, and Kate Lingley. I could not have imagined a better group of brilliant artists and scholars to guide me over the past three years.
I also acknowledge my outstanding cohort, Nanea Lum and JennaMacy: two phenomenal women and artists. Their creative fierceness kept me motivated and their friendship kept me nourished. This final year in of my MFA has also been the year of the pandemic. Despite the anxiety, despair, and continuous unpredictability of these times, my ability to achieve artistic success and growth was not compromised. That has everything to do with the incredible community around me—my family and friends—and for them I will be forever grateful.
The research and creation of this body of work took place on Hawaiian sovereign lands that are illegally occupied by the United States. I acknowledge that the privilege of receiving my MFA at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is predicated upon historical systems of the oppression. I commit to facing this history and seeing it as a call-to-action to use my education to give back to the islands of Hawai'i and to the global community of our island earth.
AVA FEDOROV (BA in film, Bard College; MA in illustration, FIT) is a Honolulu-based visual artist, writer, activist, and educator who is originally from a remote region of Upstate New York. With a background that also includes design and film, Ava pulls from all realms of her creative knowledge to create immersive art experiences that blur the lines of genre. Her work has been exhibited, collected, and published internationally and she has been honored to collaborate with artists and art institutions across the world. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a PEN America award and she is a two-time John Young Scholar in the Arts awardee. Ava teaches studio art at Hawai‘i Pacific University and is the founder and president of CICADA (CICADA) an organization committed to amplifying the creative response to environmental justice and the climate crisis.