Thursday, December 27, 2012

Featured Artist: @Andryea Natkin

Smalti, Glass, Pebbles, Porcelain, Beads
4.5” x 4.5”, 10”x 10” framed
Andryea Natkin

Andryea received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. She first began working with mosaics in 2005 at a class at the Chicago Mosaic School.  After volunteering her time at the school on a regular basis she began teaching classes. 
She has been involved in many of the projects including a mural titled “Familiar Ground” for the S.C. Johnson Company in Racine Wisconsin. Another mural Andryea participated in was a collaboration of faculty and students of Northeastern Illinois University for the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs.

Previous exhibitions include Mosaic Arts International Exhibition located at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, TX and One Square Foot in Minneapolis, MN. Her “mosaic travels” include a biannual symposium to the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ) in Adelaide where she presented workshops to the attendees.

Andryea opened Tiny Pieces Mosaic Tools & Supplies, Chicago’s only retail source for mosaic materials.

Artist Statement:
Understanding and celebrating relationships between things is essential to my artwork. I am intrigued by and experiment with shapes, lines and forms, with light and dark, with texture and surface. How does each interact and relate with one another? I manipulate, juxtapose, intersect, overlap, pierce and slice. I distinguish, describe and delineate.

Working in the limited palette of grey, I am, without the distraction of color free to experiment with the elements of composition. The constraints of this restrained palette fascinate me simply by virtue of its pureness. 

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