Friday night was the opening night for the solo show of my studio mate, Elena Patino at Hillyer Art Space near Dupont Circle and, as usual for their openings, was hugely crowded with live music and tons of people.
It was so much fun and really gratifying to see the works completely installed after only glimpsing small sketches in process in the studio.
One of the things I enjoy the most about sharing studio space is being exposed to work that is 360 degrees different from my own. I have been really intrigued by Elena's transformation of small, common, everyday objects into larger installations, a process so different from my own work with clay.
It was difficult to determine my favorite piece- I was torn between the rhythmic installation of clear drinking straws that wrapped around two walls and the colorful installation of wire and felted balls that exploded in orderly profusion from the wall.
Elena in front of her installation of felted balls and wire
Materials: Felted wool balls, wire
Materials: Glass baby food jars, water and colorants
Materials: Drinking straws and pins
Materials: Clear plastic tubing and fiber