Subject Tags: grandmother, woman, mother, american, indian, native, quilt, vintage, modern, impressionism, surrealism, white, black, expressionist, love, pop, history, family, emotional, experimental, impressionist, moder
Size: 17"W x 13"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This piece is built with an antique frame I painted black. I used heavy quilting thread to suspend and stretch a piece of vintage fabric I had inherited from my mother who is a quilter. The stretching method is one reminiscent of methods used in native american cultures. This portrait titled "grandmother" is actually of my great grandmother whom I have always heard stories of but died long before I was born. She was a member of the Wikwemikong first nation of Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Her story was the type that would fill the most enthralling of novels and I have always found fascinating. I will share her story with whomever owns this piece next, but I don't think it would be right to publicly post it here. This piece was the image used in posters, post cards, invitations and other promotions for a group exhibition of modern Native American artists in a major university art gallery as part of an educational and culturally informative series of exhibitions and events geared toward awareness of modern Native America. My work has been included in many similar exhibitions in major east coast universities.
This piece looks much better in person then in any picture I was able to take of it. Media used - Artelier interractive acrylic, extender medium, extra strong, thick black quilting thread, thick heavy cloth, vintage frame painted black.
My name is Nayana, I am an artist in my mid 30's from Massachusetts. I have been an artist my entire life and attended Mass College of Art in Boston for fine art photography. After leaving school for economic hardship and general life struggles I began focusing more on painting. My first exhibition was in a group show in Edinburg Scotland when I was 14 years old. Since then I have participated in solo and group exhibitions all over the world including Spain, South Africa, Portugal, and many more. I have also been included in exhibitions both solo and group in cities and towns across the US including a large and lengthy solo exhibition in New York City. I was a finalist in an art competition in which I was awarded a period of time on a billboard in Times Square. I have written articles on art for several well respected publications and several lesser known. And recently I have survived a bone marrow transplant and am happy to say in remission from Leukemia. visit my website at nayanaarts.com