About this artwork
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.