Artist Statement Submitted 2017Brikena Boci is a working artist living in Georgia. She was born in Vlore, Albania but moved to the USA in 2003 to pursue a BA of art from “Western Michigan University” in Michigan where she graduated with honors in 2006. She than relocated to Illinois to further her education in art at “Northern Illinois University”, where she graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in 2010.
She began to make art at a very young age, at age 15 she was accepted into one of the best art academies “Naim Frasheri Art Academy” in Albania, where she received her professional training in drawing and painting, and started exhibiting her work in various art galleries.
Brikena primarily works with repurposed fibers, she refers back to her childhood growing up in a communist country and not being exposed to many toys, as a child she had to make her own dolls using repurposed materials. Her work expands from handmade embroidery to soft sculpture, drawing, painting and installation. Brikenas’ work is inspired