Objects of Distraction
Carola Miles, Sasha Parfenova, Leslie Goldman
The environments, figures, and spatial relationships within their pieces represent internal conflicts and a disconnection with the self. Objects are deliberately placed within constructed spaces, alluding to the notion of a creator and the idea that even in our most quiet and intimate spaces, we are incapable of finding rest, clarity, and cohesion of the self within our domain.
The work featured in Objects of Distraction shows elements of romanticism, finding a way to express the unconscious, invisible reality in a way that places focus back on the self.
In addition to Carola’s paintings, Objects of Distraction also features works by Sasha Parfenova and Leslie Goldman.
Carola Miles spent her adolescence and early adult life in Santiago, Chile. Carola then immigrated to the United States and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida. Carola is an established teacher of painting and drawing, and has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the state of Florida.
Sasha Parfenova explores the art of collage by creating hybrid compositions of the natural world. Oftentimes, the imagery is camouflaged on a loosely painted background. The elements are carefully arranged to create a sense of depth that invites the viewer to discover the details within each piece. Sasha received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, in 2015. She currently lives and maintains her practice in Newton, MA.
Leslie Goldman is a multi-media artist who works primarily in paper and acrylic. Leslie investigates organic and decorative forms from a feminist perspective. She also enjoys exploring poetry and language. She often includes text in her work, as it adds layers of meaning to the imagery itself. After receiving a master’s degree in art history from Boston University and teaching for 20 years, she received her post-baccalaureate certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston.