Artist of the Day / barbaraelka

my new playground…NYC


As interesting and unique as Barbara’s photos are, her thoughtful commentary on each post is just as captivating.

It is hard to believe that it has been 6 months already since I called New York City my new home.
Life certainly can play tricks…From my 7.8 acres in Tollhouse with 4,000 feet mountain in my window to 700 sq feet Manhattan apartment with brick wall for my views of outside world.
Do I miss my California home? Yes and no. I miss friends, family, my animals, my views and luxury of closeness to nature but surely this opportunity to live in NYC cannot be argued against. First of all, NYC is its people. It is a place of people from different worlds and that is what makes this town. I love the arts, the surreal human energy. I am not really a people person. I get annoyed with noise, hustle ….constant movement but I am still grateful for this experience.
And therefore, I pray for strong legs (one walks here a lot and I like it), a lot of patience, grace, strong elbows to make room in the crowds. And “yes, I can” attitude.

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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1 Response to Artist of the Day / barbaraelka

  1. barbaraelka says:

    I never did well with color:) Thank you again.

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