Elana Herzog is an installation artist and sculptor who also makes handmade paper and books. She exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in group and solo shows, including at the Sharjah Art Museum in UAE, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, at Smack Mellon in New York, Diverseworks in Houston, TX, The Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Arts and Design New York City. Herzog is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Anonymous Was A Woman Award in 2009, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2007 and NYFA Fellowships in 2007 and 1999.
Herzog examined the history of Russian/Soviet textile production as a labor movement, an economic engine, and as manifest in art and design. She was interested in answering the following questions: how did it define, and how was it defined by the women and men who worked in it as designers and producers? How has the ideology and cultural aspiration shaped textile design and production? She then documented personal accounts of people who have had experience in the textile industry and will lay the groundwork for a future collaboration with local artists and/or venues.