May 14, 2014

specular reflection

I am delighted to announce that my artwork "Specular Reflection" has been accepted into the exhibit that it was made for, "Reflections" by Dinner@8 Artists, curated by Leslie Jamison and Jamie Fingal. The exhibit will premiere at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX from October 25 to November 2nd. The exhibit is sponsored by Havel's Scissors. I am honored to be among such a distinguished group of artists.

My artist statement for this piece is rather simple and short: A Specular Reflection is a reflection from a smooth surface. Highrises in New York City offer quite a selection of such reflections on any day...

As you can imagine, my myriad of photographs of NYC came in handy for finding the subject matter for this artwork. Then all I had to do is dig into my stash of plastic recycling, which was recently amended by a very supportive fan (you know who you are - Sharon). Then I thoroughly enjoyed layering and adhering the plastics to form a base for some extensive machine stitching..

Here are some in progress photos:
playing with translucency
you can see my sketch beneath
putting the pedal to the metal
A few details of the finished work:
a simply outlined antenna
I love my variegated threads! rayon in this case
keeping the sky simple while remembering all the windows!
And here's the whole:
Specular Reflection © Natalya Aikens 2014


Kristin L said...

Love it!!!!

Dale Anne Potter said...

AWESOME Natalya! THANKS for sharing!!!

Hilde Morin said...

Wonderful! thanks for showing the process.

Marlis said...

Congratulations! I'm a huge fan of reflections myself (and take loads of photos…). This piece is soooo beautiful!

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Giddings Art said...

I wish I could see your work in person. It is amazing! I love this new piece!

Norma Schlager said...

Just stunning! Kudos on your acceptance into the show.