NIKA FELDMAN: Shadow Soul Silhouette Project
“With an inspiration to examine cultural identity collectively – thinking in terms of humans as a species – I created this series of small figures called, Shadow Soul Silhouettes. The initial intrigue for me is rooted in the observation that there is a universal human instinct to decorate oneself. Possibly because we are, in our natural state, one of the most visually plain species that exists. When one compares the naked human against the colours and patterns sported by insects, fish, birds, animals and even the players in the plant kingdom we as humans. Most of all we accomplish a visual transformation through the use of textiles for the body.
The costumes created are one of the primary vehicles for carrying a culture’s identity.In order to deconstruct these cultural identities for this project I have attempted to decontextualize the three most prominent visual elements of costume: form, colour, and pattern.”
Mantaining ties to Vermont, Nika studied textile in Japan,through a prestigious Japanese Government scholarship.A featured artist in American Craft Magazine,she mates activism with artform, includingwork withQuilts for Kids in Nepal, a microfinanceoperation that helps send children to school, and an anti-rape Womens fashion event in Mumbai, where the models were dressed as superheroes. She currently resides in Cape Breton, Canada.
Images Framed Textile silhouettes mounted on black,measure approx 12X14", $300 each. Left to Right (our titles) Shaman, Colonial, Botgirl