A Mix of Surrealism and Feminism: Photography by Sasha Andruzheychik

Sasha Andruzheychik

Sasha Andruzheychik – a fine art photographer residing in Chicago – combines digital manipulation, 19th century printing processes, and other varieties of mixed media to create work that primarily focusses on surrealist and feminist theories, even as it avoids advancing particular agendas.

Sasha’s portfolio consists of three major series: Dream Sequence, Mass Produced and Cosmetic Paintings. The last two examine issues related to the representation of women in today’s society. Among them, the objectification of the female form (the body is shown as the part-machine it is often treated as) and unrealistic beauty standards (splashes of foundation, lipstick, nail polish, etc. are displayed independently; make-up is exposed as substance that isn’t natural to or necessarily required by women).

The Dream Sequence, on the other hand, is a dizzying deconstruction of space and time wherein imagined creatures, scenes and objects come together to create a strange and fascinating graphic world. Printed through the Van Dyke Brown photographic process, this collection draws from Freudian concepts of the unconscious and the uncanny.

Sasha explains: “Many of the photographs here represent dreams and nightmares that I’ve experienced, while others are inspired by moments and random thoughts. Some images, like ‘Faceless’ and ‘Chicago’ explore the idea of losing one’s identity – becoming a drone, so to speak, in a city that tries to encourage creativity, but is ultimately overpowered by certain trends and expectations. ‘Chicago’ is also a nod towards René Magritte’s ‘Golconda’. Others, like ‘Implications’ and ‘Fetish Object’ (inspired by Hans Bellmer’s ‘The Doll’) explore desires and sexuality. ‘Transitions’ is a remake of an image I made shortly after I began photographing in my teens, during a time when I found it difficult to remain at peace in my mind through some major life changes.  To me, it symbolises that moment of breaking through to the other side and realising that everything would be all right.”

In addition to Magritte and Bellmer, Sasha admires the following artists – Man Ray, Hannah Hoch, Max Ernst, Andre Masson, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Laszlo Maholy-Nagy and Salvador Dalí. “As far as living ones are concerned,” she adds, “I have always felt inspired by Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison, Jerry Uelsmann, Joel-Peter Witkin and Barbara Kruger.”

Sasha received her BFA in Photography (Minor in Art History) from Columbia College Chicago. She was a recipient of the 2013 Albert P. Weisman Grant and has participated in numerous group art shows throughout the Chicago-land area. She currently works as a full time studio manager and in-house producer for Jeff Sciortino Photography, but hopes to one day run her own studio or gallery space.

Links: Website (www.sashaandruz.com) | Facebook (www.facebook.com/sashaandruzphoto) | Saatchi Art (www.saatchiart.com/sashaandruz)

Images used with permission.

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From Mass Produced:

 

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From Cosmetic Paintings:

 

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From Dream Sequence:

 

Transitions

 

Implications

 

Fetish Object

 

Faceless

 

Chicago

 

Surrealist Mannequin

 

Desert Pier

 

In Between

 

On Top of the Universe

 

Distorted Reflection

 

My Greatest Fear

 

Holding it Together

 

Containing Anger

 

Ghosts

 

 


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