by Masha Sha

March 2, 2024 - April 27, 2024

For this exhibition at the GAR Gallery, Masha Sha has created, new large scale graphite and crayon drawings on tracing paper. The images are made up of thousands of small expressive marks that culminate in a single word or phrase. Excavating new meaning from familiar words and phrases is the energizing force behind these drawings.

In the making of the drawings for this show, the artist’s mind was engaged with the following questions:

          How to withstand a violent constant wave of time,
          which is permanently closing on you?

           How is it to be at the place where instant / immediate clashes with infinite / total?

           How daydreaming and diffused concentration on intent
           and meaning are saving graces to withstand the permanent pull in infinite directions?

Masha Sha was born in Chukotka, RU in 1982. She graduated from Pro Arte Institute, St. Petersburg, RU (2005), and received an MFA from the University at Buffalo, NY with the Fulbright scholarship (2010). Masha then completed The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation in Rochester, NY (2011). She received the International Award of Recognition from STRABAG in Vienna, Austria (2014) as well as the Young Artist Prize Innovation in Moscow, Russia (2006). She has participated in many exhibitions and projects, as well as a few residences, including Yaddo and Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. Masha has works in many private and public collections including the Russian Museum in Saint-Petersburg, the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, and Anderson Museum of Contemporary art in Roswell, NM. Masha currently lives in Roswell, New Mexico.

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