In 1980, Ava was born in New York to a pair of artists. In 2001, after completing her time in the United States Armed Forces, she sought out a formal education in creative arts. During this time Ava focused on graphic design and photography. This lead to an Associate of Fine Arts degree in photographic and digital design from Cape Fear Community College in 2011. She began creating photographic imagery jointly with her husband under the name Cerebral Aperture. In 2017, Ava underwent a life-altering surgery. It was during her 4-month recovery that her artistic focus shifted from photography to sculpture. In 2022 Ava received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art at the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a concentration in sculpture.
I use my work as a way to process and accept my experience of life. I interpret my human experience as a layered construct that takes shape when interacting with social and cultural frameworks. I use my materials to mimic this interplay by creating intuitive responses that occupy the space inside or around static geometric forms and shapes. The meditational aspects inherent to the casting process allows me to explore my thoughts in a safe space. The practice enabled me to process through my experiences at a much slower rate decompressing them and allowing me to experience them in much greater detail. The clarity I find at the end of a piece brings closure and peace to something that once brought me a great deal of distress.