About the Book
'Karuna' is a Sanskrit word which means 'compassion.' The name for this collection was inspired by Villa Karuna, a beautiful estate in Mexico where I was fortunate to live while conducting my photo-experiment. Located right outside a small surfing town Sayulita, on top of a lush green jungle-covered hill (one of many lining the Pacific coast of Nayarit,) Villa Karuna is the kind of place where every detail carries meaning, love and compassion... Thank you so much, Johan, Leslie, Sunny, Eric, Ernesto, for the incredible experience!
As an artist with a background in graphic design, I work with a variety of media. My latest projects have to do with careful observations of patterns in space and time, and capturing their implicit significance using photography, drawing and writing. Through my work I explore such ideas as 'relativity' and 'relatedness' between individual and environment, and specifically how they contribute to the formation of 'identity.' My particular interest in concept of ‘time’ began when I was five. I was born in Minsk, Belarus, and was educated in the former Soviet Union and United States. University years at UW-Madison and Columbia College were followed by a decade-long graphic design career in Chicago. Next, modest exploration of acting and self-revealing creative writing courses at University of Chicago led to a graduation from commercial life and a subsequent move to Mexico.