Alyssa Gerasimoff





I am a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Furniture Design and Culture and Sustainability Studies. My present work aims to raise awareness for and critically explore inequalities inherent to contemporary global food systems. Although my studies were completed in a three-dimensional medium, I enjoy working in a variety of two-dimensional and digital mediums. I am an academic at heart and writing is an essential practice that accompanies all of my projects. I am currently based in Berlin, Germany. 



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SALT CABINET







This piece was initially sparked by an interest in the spice trade and the importance of spices in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. However, as the concept developed the focus shifted from a general view of the impact of spices to focused specifically on my own family tradition and heritage. The literal survival of Russian people is heavily reliant on food preservation techniques, in particular, the use of salt to pickle produce and preserve meat through the long winter season. I didn’t grow up with many spices in my household, our food was focused on hearty flavors enhanced by the addition of salt.

I also wanted this piece to embody an unexpected reveal. For a past project, I researched the true extent of the economic divide that exists in Russia. Why is the financial gap so huge yet its presence remains unacknowledged? The tradi- tional embroidery embodies Russia’s facade as a culturally rich and artistically dense nation, but the new wood embroidery technique brings the piece into a contemporary context.


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