As I walked into the home of artist Sky Vega, winner of the "Viewer's Choice Award" during BRIC's OPEN (C)ALL exhibition, I was shocked by how neat and clean it was. It is difficult to believe that her living room is also her working studio! The only evidence I could observe of her creative life was the guitar laying across the couch, the table by the window filled with drawings for a forthcoming children's book she is working on and of course the atypical yet aesthetically pleasing busts in front of her mirror.
At the tale end of this studio visit, I asked Sky to tell me more about Geode, the work she submitted for the OPEN (C)ALL Registry exhibition. She explained, "There are actually two pieces related to each other, the male is pink named Meteora with large acrylic and plastic head spikes. That was sold last year, and so I decided to make the female counterpart and name her Geode. The original idea began as a cinematic simple story line. I imagined a good man who became burdened by life's harshness. After a time he grew a thick skin, which dried up and became like a rock. The pressures of life were relentless so he began to crack under the pressure. Unexpectedly, his rock-skin grew so brittle that it shed to reveal his true self – a crystalline, beautiful, undefeated superhero. The wonder of this piece is that it is a work of art that can be worn as a prosthetic appliance or it can be displayed for its aesthetic value.I was surprised and overjoyed upon learning that my sculptural piece had won the BRIC Viewers Choice Award, as I was in the company of so many great artists and I'm totally grateful and love being a part of the growing BRIC community of artists." Explore more of Sky Vega's work on her WEBSITE. - Written by Alexandra Pucciarelli