“I was physically born in America. In regards to my ethnic background I am as American as they get- a mix of a little of this, a little of that. Slavic/German/Irish/Jewish/Lutheran are what I know of but I'm sure other blood was picked up along the way. So there’s the physical DNA.”
Suprina studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia but never graduated. Instead she got a job as a sculptor in Hoboken, at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and she learned her craft from working in the field. There she discovered the world of promotional prop making and after gaining skill and confidence Suprina started her own prop business. Her clients included Annie Leibovitz, Apple Computer, Bloomingdales, Fortunoff, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “I always felt conflicted fabricating objects that were mainly used to sell retail “junk/landfill” ...after all, my personal art work was made with these very objects once they were not deemed the ‘next best thing’ anymore and were cast away.” After 9/11, (she lived 3 blocks from ground zero) Suprina found herself making the life long decision to focus solely on her own artworks, which are mostly narrative/figurative and deal with our human condition and social issues. Detritus, castings, modeling, and painting, are all parts of the finished works.
In 2012 she was selected to create an exterior interactive public sculpture on Governors Island; inspired by a Tibetan Prayer Wheel, she hand wrote a statement in 32 languages in it’s interior. In 2013 she was voted 'Best Portfolio' by Pro Arts, which awarded her a full room installation at the Drawing Rooms in Jersey City. In the fall of 2013, thirty-two of her sculptures were shown in the Morristown court house for 10 days of a 3 month show before the County Sheriff deemed her work 'dangerous to the public' and demanded they all be removed. He placed a 24/7 guard on the work until Suprina removed it. Fifteen of the 32 sculptures were placed at Gallery Aferro the same day it was removed from Morristown. This experience inspired Suprina to create a series of 'Dangerous Art'. She is finishing up a series of works related to the theme of 'Injustice in our Justice System' now, then its off to the subject of "Sex in America"!
This spring 2015 she has again been chosen as ‘Best Portfolio’ by Pro Arts, this time the chosen artists (6 in all) will be exhibiting in the Jersey City Museum some time this year.Suprina is very excited to be awarded her first grant from the Puffin Foundation to help her create a sculpture titled “DNA Totem”. Visualize a DNA strand standing upright, its frame completely embedded with Detritus. The question posed- since we are so similar in DNA to all other creatures on this earth, why are we the only creatures who destroy our own habitat. This sculpture will be completed in late 2015. She was also one of the ‘featured artists in the first ever “Harlem Flux Art Fair” this May. Suprina has shown in galleries in Chelsea, Harlem, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Newark, Morristown, Governors Island, Chicago, Scottsdale, and The Monmouth Museum, NJ.
I create figurative narratives through allocation. Integration is key; I am challenged to overcome the unique oneness of an object in order to complete a successful work using numerous objects. The object itself, while still keeping its core integrity must surrender to the greater good...my end statement. My more recent sculptures are becoming more like theatrical installations; pushing social topics hard and using everything at my disposal. 'Justice for All' is one of these.
My 'portraits' pull from collective thought, and have a dream like quality....with humor always. The resemblance of person to portrait is non-existent on the visual side, that connection is only found through the feelings the sculpture emits.
The histories of discarded objects interest me and I focus on the associations our society has found in them; intentional or not. The fleeting values we have, and the question of worth is constantly explored. Social issues are often a topic for my work as well.
Detritus, castings, modeling, and painting, help me to define my themes and conversations. Using visual mapping I celebrate us, and our absurdity. We are beautiful, horrid, tragic, and profoundly funny.