My work is inspired by Mother Nature, human nature, and the convergence of the two. I explore themes of breaking, healing, transformation, regeneration, fertility, femininity and spirituality through the use of imagery and materials. I work with a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, assemblage and mixed media. My careful choice of materials usually carries a symbolic significance. I enjoy making representational work and I will often push it towards the abstract playing with the imagery to trick or tease the senses. I like to work in series and as a result, each series has a look of its own.
My recent body of work uses the egg, and its rich symbolism, as a metaphor to explore many of these themes. The Egg series includes photographs as well as mixed media works and wall mounted altar-like sculptures. I incorporate ephemeral elements of nature such as seed pods and organic detritus referencing creation and destruction and the fleeting transitions between birth, death and regeneration. The gilding and other jeweled embellishments are borrowed from Byzantine icons to highlight the desire for permanence through spirituality. This work was presented in a solo show titles Oracular Shrines in March 2020. I am currently developing a new series of interactive sculptures inspired by my identity and relationship with my own femininity.
Dara Oshin grew up in New Jersey, next to a farm, spending her days playing in the woods, riding horses and hanging out with Kissy the cow. After earning her BA from Allegheny College with a concentration in English Literature and Studio Art, she traveled and lived abroad for a decade. During this time, she studied painting, drawing and pottery at a variety of schools and private ateliers. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including the The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Paris, France and The Invisible Dog Art Center, Ground Floor Gallery, Trestle Gallery, Sweet Lorraine Gallery and BRIC Arts House in Brooklyn, NY.
Dara is an active member of her art community where she volunteers for Arts Gowanus, is a member of the Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists group, co-founded The Circle, an artists discussion group, and participates in open studio events annually. She also started a local Art and Crafts Fair to raise money for her local elementary school. In 2015, Dara Illustrated a children's book which won a Bronze Moonbeam Award. Her work can be found in private collections around the world. Dara currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, three sons and her very fuzzy dog.
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