"I use the seeds, the seventh and smallest of the dolls, the first to be made painstakingly out of a solid piece of wood, which represents the soul. I use it to push the shapes and meanings of the original nature of two basic geometric forms, the square and the sphere, to trigger our optical imagination and mental creativity. The first becomes a visual measuring tool, while the second a sort of diverting mask. In both cases the oddity of the material used jumps to the eye and the finished characteristics of the nesting dolls - matryoshkas - help the viewer to discern the imperfections of the wooden structures."
Jeff Bliumis is New York-based artist. He received his BA from Columbia University in 1980 and attended Berkeley University, CA, California College of Arts and Crafts, CA, New School, NY. Bliumis has exhibited internationally at the First, Second, and Third Moscow Biennales of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Busan Biennale 2006 (Busan, (South Korea), Assab One (Milan, Italy), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, US), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France), Centre d’art Contemporain (Meymac, France), The James Gallery, The Graduate Center CUNY (New York, US), Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, US), Museums of Bat Yam (Bat-Yam, Israel), the Jewish Museum (New York, US), the Saatchi Gallery (London, UK) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK).