Katya Grokhovsky

My interdisciplinary, process-based practice combines painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, text, and video, and explores issues of gender, labor, alienation, displacement, and the self, often employing the body as a tool to weave together the personal and the political. Utilizing various found materials and objects, I cut and juxtapose them, exposing the absurd in the societal constructs of femininity and masculinity. Scrutinizing the idea of the binary in the everyday, I research the histories of beauty and aesthetics, whilst staging the bodies of the historically oppressed, in relation to the social order.

Attempting to invert the ephemeral nature of live performance versus the object, post-performance residue is frequently re-constructed as evidence of the event, in a sculptural form. Painting, applied to flat surfaces, as well as objects and installations, acts as bodily stand in, evoking visceral response. Drawing, collage, and photography, are utilized as mediums of capture, often rearranged to create grotesque beings, inviting the viewer to re-imagine the world.


Katya Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine, raised in Australia, and is based in New York City. She is an artist, independent curator, educator, and a founding director of Feminist Urgent. Katya earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia, and her BA (Honors) in fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Her work has been shown in many New York area venues such as NURTUREart, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Lesley Heller Workspace, Judith Charles Gallery, HERE Arts Center, Governors Island Art Fair, New York City Center, IDEAS City, New Museum, Movement Research, Watermill Center, Gallerie Protege, Ukrainian Institute of America, and Grace Exhibition Space. Katya also has exhibited at San Francisco International Arts Festival and three venues in Melbourne, Australia: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Blindside, and BUS Projects.

Katya has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida; The Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts; Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming; Paul Artspace in St. Louis, Missouri; SOHO20 Gallery Lab Residency in Brooklyn, New York; BRIC Media Arts Fellowship in Brooklyn, New York; Vox Populi’s AUX Curatorial Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York Studio Residency Program’s Visiting Artist in Residence in Brooklyn, New York; Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York; APT Institute Residency in Brooklyn, New York; and others.