Based in: Chicago
RIKA KOVA is a Chicago-based artist and sculptor who mainly focuses on ceramics. She was born in a small town in Southern Siberia, close to the border with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China. Being surrounded by different Asian cultures and growing up close to nature, she finds her inspiration in her travels, spends a lot of time outdoors, exploring new lands and learning about new cultures. The interest in art was cultivated during her teenage years, however, the scientific and mathematical part of her personality, dragged Rika to get her first degree in Economics. In her early 20s, Rika immigrated to the US where she further developed her artistic skills, received an associate degree in Art and Design from the Community College of Philadelphia, and later her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"Time is everything and nothing. Working with clay brings me peace. The ego leaves the mind. The mind leaves the physical world. Living in the moment: not knowing where the shape would take me, and not being able to change what clay has given me in the past. You learn how to appreciate what you were given, how to build something from scratch, how to accept things when they are imperfect."
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