German native Carina Chitsatz-Shoshtary’s imaginative Where Blue Hides After Dark made its American debut at the Sienna Patti Galley in Lenox, MA in early October. Where Blue Hides After Dark is part of the series Karma Chroma where paint is the main material and color is the lead visual component. The exhibit runs through November 16th.
Of German and Iranian origin, Chitsatz-Shoshtary was trained as a goldsmith in Neugablonz, Germany and studied jewelry at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich; she completed her studies in 2012. Her work has appeared at the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt; Museum of Art, Arnhem, Netherlands; Xuzhou Museum of Art, Xuzhou, China; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; and Le Pagliere di Porta Romana, Florence, Italy. In 2012 she was awarded the Bavarian State Prize for Emerging Designers.
Chitsatz-Shoshtary’s chunky pieces of jewelry are composed of walls found in the streets of Munich, Germany. Chitsatz-Shoshtary takes pieces of the walls and divides them into sheets where numerous layers of graffiti are revealed, resembling ancient frescoes. “Here I find all the color combinations, gradations, and chroma I could picture in my fertile imagination. In this abundance of color I discover the eruption of a volcano or the dark and light contours of a mountain chain in the sunrise. The forms are emerging from these images,” she said in an interview with Dutch RA Gallery.
In an essay for Sienna Patti Gallery, Karen Pontoppidan, Professor of Jewellery and Corpus at dellab, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden writes, “… Her pieces trill the heart and imagination of the viewer, an enchantment that might evoke visions of a fanciful flight on a giant bird through a mushroom forest. Inspired by the woodlands close to her home, Chitsaz-Shoshtary has worked intuitively with collected materials to create Karma Chroma. The aesthetic expressions of the pieces bear witness to this, but as often happens in Chitsaz-Shoshtary’s work there is more to discover. Beside the rather typical branches of German fauna, one finds a skeleton from a cactus plant layered with odd-looking scales. The scales are handmade, carved out of thick layers of graffiti-paint, a material the artist has found in the urban realm of a city. For Chitsaz-Shoshtary the process of collecting both types of material might be identical, but for the cultural reading of materials, the equalization of “natural materials” and spray-paint is rather radical.”
To learn more about Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary, please visit http://www.where-to-put-it.com/.