Entry Title: "Is It Safe"
Name: Aliza Augustine , United States
Category and Expertise: Other_FA|Still Life, Non-Professional


Entry Description: “Is It Safe,” utilizes photographs of family members who survived or were killed during the Holocaust as narrative backdrops. I use dollhouse size––1-inch to 1-foot scale–– dolls in my art practice to retell visual stories, echoing the way that I was told tales of war and escape as a child on my grandfather’s knee. Fascinated since childhood by dollhouses, I was particularly influenced by English children’s book illustrations like Rumer Godden’s The Dolls House. They provided me with a refuge from a noisy and disruptive household, and became an early influence for how I now retell and re-narritivize my life.

About the Artist:

Born in Israel, I moved to New York via England at the age of four. Since receiving a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design I have lived and shown work in Nantucket, New York and New Jersey in solo and group shows. Working between two photographic series, the first “Playing Grown Up” and the second, “Is It Safe,” I use dollhouse size––1-inch to 1-foot scale–– dolls in my art practice to retell visual stories, echoing the way that I was told tales of war and escape as a child on my grandfather’s knee. Fascinated since childhood by dollhouses, I was particularly influenced by English children’s book illustrations like Rumer Godden’s The Dolls House. They provided me with a refuge from a noisy and disruptive household, and became an early influence for how I now retell and re-narritivize my life. “Playing Grown Up” the first series, uses fairytales as backdrops while “Is It Safe?” utilizes photographs of family members who survived or were killed during the Holocaust as narrative backdrops In 2006 I attended a Photography Residency at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2008 my photograph “The Good Mother” seen in the Jersey City Museum’s show “The Feminine Mystique.” was selected for the catalogue cover “Gendered Agency: Aliza Augustine” will open in January 2010 as part of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Rutgers University, which will include an artists talk. In spring of 2010 Make Believe will open at NJCU Gallery, Jersey City, NJ. Currently I am represented by Rice/Pollack Gallery in Provincetown, MA. In addition to the Gallery my work is on view in "New American Talent 24”, Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, TX. Recent shows include-New Tales for Our Age, at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ. where I introduced a new series entitled “ Is It Safe.” For Art’s Sake, The Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ..and Wall To Wall, City With Out Walls, Newark, NJ. Some of the venues where my work has been seen include Undercurrents Gallery in Miami, Current Gallery in Baltimore, RAW and New York Studio Gallery in Manhattan, Victory Hall in Jersey City, Ackfire Gallery in Nantucket and CWOW in Newark. My work can be seen on Art and Feminism ITV http://artfem.tv/women_artists/