NOVEMBER 2018 - FEBRARY 2019
This series of abstract works is painted with acrylic, metal leaf and genuine gold. The reflective quality of metal leaf adds a luminous dimension to the composition. The earliest use of gold can be traced back to ancient Egyptian civilizations, and gold leaf is most commonly recognized as a major decorative element of illuminated manuscripts from the middle ages. The traditional choice of medium has been strikingly reinterpreted in this contemporary fine art context. The initial impact is of a graphic pattern of reflective material floating on a deep background, while viewing the work up close reveals a complexity of layers, as well as, the traces of the artist's mark-making and the nuanced texture of the gold leaf applied by hand. In essence, gold symbolizes the treasured nuance of time, that which can not be distorted, and is present at the center of every encounter and memory, tracing a contour of an experience.
Find more of her artwork at www.irinamoldovan.com.
JULY - OCTOBER 2018
Taking influence from the world of abstract expressionist painting, Lythcott-Haims' work documents the patterns, textures, and forms of every day life.
“My intention as an artist is to elevate the ignored or broken bits of the human-made world that are often avoided or discarded. In my photographs, I whittle my subjects down to their core by composing in the camera, moving my body closer and closer until I lose the context of location, environment, and even the subject itself. In my sculpture, I assemble collections of human-made objects until the individuality of the item disappears in favor of a more organic whole. What I hope to gain in both cases is a record of that thing that caught my interest - that thing that other people don't see.”