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Natalya Aikens
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Artist. Inspired by my heritage and all things textural.
Artist. Inspired by my heritage and all things textural.

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I did a little stitching recently in public and a friend captured it for me. I thought someone would like to see how I work. Enjoy! #toaf #theotherartfair #theotherartfairbrooklyn
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texture addict
So a texture addict walks into a gallery...... and has to keep her hands in her pockets so that she doesn't fondle the million dollar artworks..... Guess who is the texture addict! Yup. Yours truly. The gallery? Gagosian . The exhibit? Anselm Kiefer . Gigan...
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fire escape love story
I love fire escapes. There. I've said it. Wait. I may have said it before. Well it's true. I do love them. Let me count the ways. I love their graphic lines, their rusty or sleek texture, their negative space, the layers upon layers of straight lines, the a...
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trying to do good
I have been thinking a lot about what I can do as an environmentally and socially conscious artist and human. It is not enough for me to be using materials which, when not properly recycled, are destined to be trash that pollutes our waterways and makes its...
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Quilt National visit redux
It's nearly a month since I have returned from a whirlwind trip to Athens, Ohio for the opening weekend of Quilt National 2017 . What a fun weekend it was! My friend Gail was my copilot as we let Waze  guide us along the roads of NJ, PA, MD, WV and OH. The ...
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Rauschenberg and I
Grand Black Tie Sperm Glut by Robert Rauschenberg If you're in NYC or visiting soon, don't miss Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends exhibit at the MoMA. It's up till mid September thankfully! As I wandered through this exhibition with my friend Nathalie , I ...
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shadow play take 2.. or 3 or 4..
I love the shadows. Especially shadows that artwork makes. In the last few weeks I have been able to experience such shadows in abundance. MoMA , The Dairy Barn , Kennedy Museum of Art . How lucky am I? Here are a few of my favorites: edge of a wall hanging...
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teasing apart thread nests
Yup, that's the title of this post. I'm sure any long time reader of this blog must have suspected that I collect thread snips from various projects. I pile them up into little cubbies until I figure out a way to use them. I try to keep them in color famili...
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shadow play
Sometimes, and only sometimes, I get frustrated with the pace of my art making. Just like anyone else I occasionally like the joy of instant gratification. And I can't have it with my techniques. Which is what I love about them. What is really helpful in ti...
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