RomyAura

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Gender FEMALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Artist
Location Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Introduction Issues of social displacement, identity cultivation, and power structures gird my work. I come by these themes experientially. Jewish South Africans with a liberal bent, my parents fled the apartheid government of South Africa and settled in the Deep South. Here, they struggled to reconcile Homeland with Land of Opportunity. Here, they clung to Judaism and Africa and, when things fell apart, questioned their choices, and their identities. Please email me at romyaura@gmail.com for more info..
Interests My sculptures are a tongue-in-cheek re-imagining of stock "African" and American kitsch images: the slain antelope, the mounted rifle, the posturing lion embellished with glitzy objects that mitigate their disturbing imagery. Often, I use organic materials like skulls, bones, and furs, in conjunction with synthetic materials. These synthetics are often obtained from my work as an event coordinator, where I am responsible for creating centerpieces and ambient installations. I intend for this material disjuncture to echo the palimpsest that is my family’s experience. It is this space, between the unsettling and beautiful, the artificial and real, the fractured and whole, the displaced and rooted, that I encourage the viewer to gaze, and question.