Monday, January 26, 2009

spills and stains...



I feel like I have spoken of the amazingness of Nava Lubelski before...but cannot find the post so here goes-
I first saw Nava's work at the MAD show Extreme Embroidery...and well I loved it.
She embroideries and sculpts with the stains and holes that already exist on found linens.


She states:
My work explores the contradictions between the impulse to destroy and the compulsion to mend. I juxtapose rapid acts of destruction, such as spilling and cutting, with painstaking, restorative labor. Embroideries are hand-stitched over stains and rips, contrasting the accidental with the meticulous, constructing narrative from randomness and mistake...The work scrambles expressions of aggression with masochistic patience and sublimation and plays with the feminine through the graphic form of the "stain" and the adding of peek-a-boo, lace inlays to repair cut holes that expose the hidden space behind the canvas.




I think that the concept is genius, simple, and poetic...perfect...and the resulting work is beyond lovely...
I enjoy how the concept relates to how I approach my work... being interested in the mundane of everyday existence and the technique of embroidery - but the work itself is so different and so abstract...
gorgeous.

4 comments:

josephine said...

what a clever idea! and an interesting way to document how we as people/consumers/food-lovers/wine-drinkers/whatever leave our mark.

pen and paper said...

Oh, that's really cool.

Brittany Noel said...

This is beautiful! I love the idea and the pieces. Often you find someone has a great idea but mediocre work or vice versa. Isn't it nice when everything comes together?

Joetta said...

brittany- very nice and very inspiring when it comes all together:)

J & PP- clever and cool!