Space Pussy Encourages all to Express their Desire for Freedom

I was born in Latvia and am currently based in Brooklyn. My installations, mixed media works and paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout NYC and across the country at venues including Arcilesi and Homberg Fine Arts and Lesley Heller Projects in New York, Local Project in Queens, Trestle Gallery and Gallery 440 in Brooklyn, Arizona State University, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Evanston Art Center and Galesburg Civic Art Center in IL. I have participated in 5 funded artist residency programs, including LindArt in Slovenia and Studioworks in Eastport, ME.

In 2016 I was a recipient of Individual Artist Grant from Queens Council on the Arts. I hold an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University.

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#sexuality #femininistart #womanpower #romance #feminine

What is your artist origin story?

I have been studying and creating art since I was 10 years old. I was born and raised in Latvia and moved to Chicago in 1998. I studied graphic design in undergrad and later received an MFA from Northern Illinois University. Grad school and moving to NYC in 2014 were the best decisions of my life.

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

Creating with wood allows for sturdy pieces that can have fine details while not being fragile.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

I plan on producing more work in the Space Pussy series. I have recently created 3 large scale wood cut pieces and will me creating other variations of designs and sizes.

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

My neighborhood is laid back and mostly quiet. I feel at home here.

In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

I would be a film director or a dj/producer – need other parallel universes.

You can learn more about Maria Dmimanshtein here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

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