Alla Goniodsky is a Russian-born stage designer, puppet-maker, painter and sculptor. After studying at the State Academy of Art and the St. Petersburg Theatrical Academy, she enjoyed a successful career as a theatrical designer. Now residing in the Pacific Northwest, she is a full-time artist and private art instructor. Her work blends an antique, almost Victorian sensibility, with hints of dramatic Russian theatre, quirky humor, and the misty aesthetic of memory. “My work aims to evoke a sensation of wonder and vision of the miraculous. I try to create a feeling of looking through theatre binoculars at the hidden underpinnings of the world and reveal what we normally overlook.” Inspired by her production work in the theatre, Goniodsky often expands her two-dimensional paintings and drawings into sculptural forms, as if the characters of her imagination are coming to life. She primarily sculpts with clay, transferring the shape into a plaster mold and then creating the final sculpture out of papier-mâché. Goniodsky skillfully uses paint, wax, and other media to work her paper surfaces until they realistically emulate ceramic, porcelain, fabric and more.