Coming from an international background, I often reflect on my transitional era coming to the United States from the Ukraine and finding a way to adapt. Creating the series of work In Between, I came up with the realization that I did not belong completely to either of the cultures. Instead, I was a child of the world. Change in life educates us by letting us to adapt to new situations and people. By changing the place where we live, the bigger picture opens up for us and we are able to see the world from many perspectives at the same time, creating a three-dimensional representation of life. Creating the series Infinite Reflections of Transition helped me to cope and reflect upon the adaptation that I went through by learning a new language. This series of five paintings helped me to share my experiences as a foreigner, while making it easier for many people to relate by translating it into a metaphorical story about a girl.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Painting--Themes, motives; Emigration and immigration in art

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Student Type


Degree Name

Fine Arts Studio (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Luvon Sheppard

Advisor/Committee Member

Tom Lightfoot

Advisor/Committee Member

Sarah Thompson


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at ND237.C448 C44 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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