Golden Street, PragueYelena Sidorova
Fabric dye, silk paint, acrylic paint on stretched silk
Painting wraps around edges
Signed on front and back
24 " h x 24 " w x 1.5 " d |3 lbs. 0 oz.
This artwork is from Yelena's "Street View" series, depicting a quiet autumn scene in Prague. Yelena says the city is her favorite place to paint. This piece is made using dyes and acrylic paints on Chinese silk. When applied, liquid dyes and paints quickly flow across the silk. In order to halt this movement, a material called a resist is used, which stops the dyes from spreading and creates strong lines, shapes, and details. Once the painting is completed, the surface is steamed to make the dyes bright and color-fast. "I like silk painting for its softness, shimmer and brilliant colors," says Yelena.
Silk is the fabric of the soul. On it, Yelena Sidorova pours paint in colorful sheets that shimmer and glisten with emotion. The process of painting on silk requires a delicate approach. Yelena has the gentleness required to weave mysteriously provocative paintings. She says, “I transform the world around me: every drop of dye on silk is one drop of magic into my existence.”