Under Exposed: Sasha Opeiko
March 1, 2018 | Under Exposed
Meet Sasha Opeiko, a Windsor-based artist and art educator, whose practice includes painting, drawing, media, sculpture and design. Sasha received a BFA from University of Windsor (2009) and a MFA from University of Victoria (2012). For the past several years, she has exhibited her work locally and abroad, periodically leading art workshops at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Artcite Inc. and SB Contemporary Art. She is a recipient of several grants, such as the Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant to Visual Artists (2015), the Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists: Emerging Grant (2016), and the City of Windsor’s Arts Culture and Heritage Fund (2017).
“I use found materials as visual points of study. These materials can range from objects picked up at thrift stores or off the street, to found images from books, films, or images of historical significance. I am conceptually motivated by philosophical frameworks such as Object-Oriented Ontology and Dark Vitalism, in that they allow me to approach large, sometimes inconceivable concepts while using and accentuating the limitations of visual representation and subjective thought. I am interested in replicating images in great detail, with the purpose of inspecting things closely and honestly, without intentionally introducing new visual information, creating surfaces that are handmade but not made-up.”
In addition to her independent art practice, she also works collaboratively with her partner Martin Stevens and is invested in the local arts community through organizations such as Momentum Film and Video Collective and Windsor’s artist-run centre Artcite Inc.
To learn more about Sasha and the work featured in this blog, visit www.sashaopeiko.com.