Artist Nicole Dextras is very fond of working with clothes, but she does it in very unusual ways. For example, her work is very dependent on the time of year and the weather outside. If it's summer, then Nicole goes to the garden, where she picks up the weeds and turns them into lovely dresses… If it is winter outside, the artist takes ready-made clothes and … freezes them in blocks of ice. It's worth seeing, isn't it?
It all started with such a mundane activity as washing. As Nicole was rinsing her red satin dress in the bathtub, she noticed how light penetrated the folds and folds of the fabric in such a way that some areas seemed to glow, while others disappeared into shadow. It was winter outside the window, and it was rather cold - and the artist decided to freeze old clothes in blocks of ice, and then photograph the rays of sunlight playing in them. The freezing process turned out to be more cunning than it might seem: after all, the dresses are located among the ice in such a way, the word water, in which they were, froze in an instant.
The Iceworks series, according to Nicole Dextras, is a turning point in her work, and ice installations serve as metaphors for depicting the temporary nature of the environment and human existence. Based on the philosophies of early Zen and the ancient Greeks that "everything flows, everything changes", Nicole's works convey the inherent beauty inherent in everything ephemeral. Ice is the best suited for realizing the idea of temporality and transience of everything on earth: after all, in a short period of time an impenetrable block can turn into a pool of water.
“My work explores the dichotomy between nature's striving for stability and at the same time its ability to change, the dichotomy between order and chaos. The ice, filled with this sense of duality, poses the question before us: are these couples ultimately in unity or contradiction, "Nicole Dextras explains his idea.
Nicole Dextras was born in Canada in 1956. She graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art in Vancouver, where she has been teaching for the past eight years.
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