When Life Gives You LemonsYelena Sidorova
Fabric dye, silk paint, acrylic paint on stretched silk
Painting wraps around edges
Signed on front and back
24 " h x 20 " w x 1.5 " d |3 lbs. 0 oz.
This artwork is part of Yelena's "Cats" series. "I am a "cat" person - I love having them in my home," she says. "I own two beautiful cats, whose grace and elegance inspire me to make cats a recurring theme in my art."
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.
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.”