Boryana Rusenova Ina is a visual artist from Bulgaria who presently lives in Columbus, Ohio. Boryana earned an M.A. in Art, Design and Architecture Education from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2009 and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University in 2016. While living in Scotland she was a visiting artist through the GOALS Project, a nationwide initiative, which focused on bringing artists into Scottish classrooms. Her work has been exhibited in her native Bulgaria at the National City Gallery Plovdiv as well as in the US including the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University (FL), the Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore (MD) and the Zanesville Museum of Art (OH). In addition, Boryana has served as the Vice President of Roy G Biv Gallery For Emerging Artists and was a founding member of the Couchfire Art Collective. Most recently, her current project Against the Constable Skies was exhibited at Tennessee Technological University (TN) and sponsored by the Center Stage Series and a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
My work examines the connection between identity and belonging within the landscape genre and re-imagines our relationship to foreign and native lands. My studio practice is two-fold: it begins with the construction of props and dioramas, which then become subjects for paintings. This process borrows from pictorial genres like scenography to make evident the artifice within landscape images, which often hold implicit messages about belonging, ownership and consumption. Through painting my fabricated sets, I subvert our perception of what is a familiar place and emphasize the role of landscape in constructing ideas of home and collective identity.