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Natalia A Zubko
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work explores the Japanese concept of Yugen: building in mystery and subtlety. Embedded in this concept is the value in the transformative quality of materials and spaces pared down to their essence. This is achieved through careful and deliberate attention both given by the creator and received by the viewer. I often use everyday materials (dryer sheets, straws, q-tips, etc), in repetitious growing forms that reference the natural, micro, & cosmic world, as a vehicle to investigate and reveal the beauty in the seemingly simple and mundane.

All of my work starts by experimenting in the studio. I create clusters of visual ideas, small sculptures, drawings, and material studies that are intimate, often hand-held, mutable, and playful. These small works build up and explore the potential of materials and forms – the studio becoming a skyscape of impressions.

Discoveries from this process inspire and inform the large-scale, site-responsive environments. Like the studio work, I see these installations as positive, intimate, mutable and rich with potential. These environments are often quiet, transformative, contemplative spaces - sensory experiences – reflecting on Yugen, our relatedness to one another, and the ephemeral wonder around us and within us.

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  • Cradle
    2012
    Tissue Paper, Needlepoint Dome
    7”x7 x6”

  • Winters Core
    2010-2011
    Mixed Media (Wood, Dryer Sheets, Lights)
    Truncated Square Room approx 14’w x 13’L x 8.6’H

  • Winters Core
    2010-2011
    Mixed Media (Wood, Dryer Sheets, Lights)
    Truncated Square Room approx 14’w x 13’L x 8.6’H

  • Light Slivers
    Circle Label Stickers
    2.5" x 2.5"
    1 in an ongoing series

  • Inside Industry
    2011
    Mixed Media (Lights, Motor/Fan, Mirror, Foam Core, Paint)
    Full Installation: approx 24’L x 16’d x 14’h. Center Broken Column: 10’ L x 2.5’ D x 5' H

  • Studies in Space
    Graphite on Graph Paper
    22" x 17"
    From a series of 4

  • Right Ascension
    2014
    Rockite Cement, Wood Bead, Glass Sphere, Styrofoam Ball
    2.75" x 3" x 2.25"

  • Calibrate
    2014
    Rockite Cement, Stir Straws, Cotton
    approx 5.5" x 6" x 4"

  • Ionic Bond (Magnetic Pulse)
    2013
    Rockite Cement, Stir Straws, Wood Beads
    2.5” x 2.75” x 2.75”

  • Quantum Entanglement
    2014
    Foam Rod, Rubber, Glass Sphere, Styrofoam Ball
    1.25" x 3" x 3"

  • Pulsar
    2014
    Vinyl Tube, Stir Straws, Styrofoam Ball, Wood Bead
    1.5" x 4" x 3"

  • Event Horizon
    2013
    Glass Spheres, Styrofoam Balls, Rubber, Stir Straws, Wood Bead
    1" x 6" x 1"

  • Nova
    2014
    Rockite, Foam, Plexi Ball
    .75” x 2.75” x 2.75”

  • Points of Light
    Collage, White Pencil, Incised Black Paper
    5" x 3 1/2"

  • Kaleidoscopic Possibilities
    2005
    Mixed Media (Cotton, Light, Tubes, Wood)
    33" x 32" x 10"

  • Space Studies
    Graphite on Japanese Graph Paper
    5 7/8" x 8 1/4"
    From a Series of 12

  • Emerging
    White Pencil, Incised Black Paper
    8.25" x 10"

  • Metanoia
    2005
    Mixed Media (Cut Drinking Straws, Wire Mesh, Light, Cloth)
    28" x 22" x 28"

  • Luminous Accumulation
    2008-2009
    Mixed Media (Wood, PVC, Light)
    approx 16’ x 81’ x 12’

  • Luminous Accumulation
    2008-2009
    Mixed Media (Wood, PVC, Light)
    approx 16’ x 81’ x 12’
 








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