Summer Session: Olena Shmahalo

August 26, 2009

We asked SVA students and faculty to send in work they were creating over the summer. Below is one in an occasional series of Summer Session posts.

Summer is nearly over, but we’re still hearing from members of the SVA community about the art they’ve been working on between semesters. Olena Shmahalo, a third-year student in the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department, spent the summer doing both full-time work in the advertising world and freelance jobs as a designer and illustrator. In the meantime, she’s made a new self-portrait and a take on rock singer Morrissey:

In addition, she’s been tinkering with the idea of a “Time Immersion Cubicle,” a project that Shmahalo describes as, “a sci-fi costume/3D figure that reconsiders infinity and the values humans place on time, while assisting with meditation by immersing a wearer in a warped space-time continuum.” For an idea of what this means, click here for a Flickr page of Time Immersion Cubicle photos.

Images: Olena Shmahalo, (left) Self-Portrait and (right) Portrait of that Charming Man, 2009.

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