I am interested in the changing roles and status of women throughout history and time and its impact on civilization as a whole. I make art to peak curiosity as a way to raise awareness of women’s contributions to society and to open up conversations about topics that may have been overlooked or considered too awkward to discuss. Women have been gifted with the responsibility to carry life forward but in order for this to happen there needs to be a nurturing environment for her, her descendants and for the earth.
I focus on subjects traditionally attributed to the feminine sphere such as eggs and nests, familial bonds and the female body. My investigation of these topics utilizes domestic imagery, available household materials, female adornment, feminine products and elements from nature to explore themes of nurturing, life cycles, transformation, human bonds, spirituality and finding meaning in everyday life sustaining tasks.
During my training as a painter, I studied visual relationships and how every part of a painting is dependent on the other parts in order to be read correctly. This interconnectivity not only resonated with me for my art but also in my life. Becoming a mother required adjustments on my part that challenged me to work with ideas and materials that I may not have encountered otherwise. Twenty years and three children later, my portfolio consists of drawings, paintings, ceramics, books, photographs, sculptures and mixed media work.
My current body of work, The Egg Project, explores the physicality, functionality and rich symbolism of the egg. The very creation of the work, leaking egg whites to be frozen in boiling water, is as much an oxymoron as the egg’s fragility and strength. Like offspring, the emerging formations retain characteristics of the parent egg. Some look like birds. Others look like mother’s and babies. These small reliquary-like sculptures incorporate ephemeral elements of nature such as seed pods and organic detritus referencing the fleeting transitions between birth, death and regeneration. The gilding and other jeweled embellishments are reminiscent of Byzantine icons and suggest a desire for permanence through spirituality, strength and the persistence of the human spirit.
Dara Oshin is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA from Allegheny College with a concentration in English Literature and Studio Art. She continued to develop her practice by studying in the U.S., France and Israel at various schools and private private ateliers. In 2015, Dara Illustrated a children's book which won a Bronze Moonbeam Award. Her paintings and drawings have been shown in solo and group shows including the The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Paris and The Invisible Dog Art Center, Ground Floor Gallery, Trestle Gallery, and Sweet Lorraine Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Dara co-curated the opening show for the 2016 Art Slope Festival in Brooklyn. Dara’s work can be found in private collections internationally.
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