Shelf, 2022

On View February 25th, 2022 – April 24th, 2022

Anastasia Sitnikova showcases her work as a capstone of her research conducted at the International Museum of Surgical Science during her residency. New work created in response to the Museum’s exhibits and collections on display invites the viewer to reflect on what the artist has experienced and continues to contemplate in the field of medicine and psychosurgery. Her artistic research is centered around the issue of violence in human nature. Sitnikova questions the cure of violence for humanity, and whether it lies in the psychological, physiological, sociological, theological, philosophical, or political fields.

Searching for an Exit explores the connection between the body, mind, and instincts. The installation is divided into three parts, each space focusing on a different solution for the treatment of human violence and aggression. She replicates nipples in cold industrial materials to create a speculative collective space for a reunion with her individual past. The work references minimalist sculpture in form while reflecting the weight of childhood experience affecting her life years later. At the heart of Sitnikova’s aesthetic choice orders, a feature inherent in idealistic ideas about an ideal society and contrary to the chaotic real world. She fills this cold, orderly space with human feelings, fantasies, daydreams, and nightmares—illustrating the contradiction between idealistic expectations and disorderly results. 

Table, 2022
Kegel, 2018

Anastasia Sitnikova (b. 1979, Russia) is a Chicago artist and art educator. Her art is driven by the curiosity about human nature and social relations as a representation of inner self and outer world, subconscious and conscious, correspondingly. Sitnikova creates large-scale installations to illustrate, activate and explore these ideas. Like many of us, she tries to understand other people through her own experience and find common ground that can make our coexistence more meaningful and enjoyable. Sitnikova holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in Management from the State University of Management, Moscow, Russia. Her work has been exhibited at educational institutions, non-profit and commercial galleries in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

Learn more about the artist at and follow her on Instagram at @stacy_sitnikova.

The International Museum of Surgical Science acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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