“On Another Shore” Powerful Visions in Clay by Natasha Dikareva
Opening Reception: September 8 (6pm to 8pm)
Exhibit Days: September 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
From the artist:
“For many of us, 2020 was a tumultuous time. For me, it marked a big change; I moved from California to the other shore of the East Coast. This move generated a series of mythological forest creatures inspired by the New England wildlife. These archetypes were serene, mysterious beings viewing imminent changes as a path for future spiritual growth.
My work shifted dramatically since Russia invaded my motherland Ukraine. My sculptures became punctured with holes as if they got shelled by bombs and propaganda. The surfaces are now covered with crawling glazes reminiscent of ashes. Drawing with negative space, I am letting light penetrate the openings and orifices. Each of these sculptures reflect a particular moment of this war. For example, Listen Europe is about a shared geographic and cultural experience, speaking to Ukraine’s position between Russia and the rest of Europe. The piece is also about the endless talks, negotiations, rumors and bureaucracy ensnaring us into passivity. The two figures share another connection by the tumultuous dark blue cloud lurking on top of their heads; the menace of totalitarian regimes that threatens many parts of the world, including Europe.
We are in an unprecedented moment. It seems we still have more of these excruciating trials to go through before approaching the age of peace and creativity. As an eternal optimist I believe deeply in the goodness of people everywhere. We are the Earth’s consciousness and it is up to us to steer ourselves into a bright future!”