PAINTLESS COLLAGIST BEATA DROZD NYC PRESS DAY
As Fashion Week began in New York City on Thursday, all eyes were on the many runways around town, where designers showcased their Fall 2013 collections. Fashion is rightly seen as an art form by those who create the clothes we wear, and at the Andre Zarre Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea section, “paintless collagist” Beata Drozd brought the concepts of art and fashion together.
In a stunning exhibit of her work, Drozd displayed canvasses she created without using a single drop of paint. ”I wanted to create something different,” Drozd says, “and each piece was made using magazines and a little fabric for texture.” Her artwork uses shredded pages from periodicals such as Vogue and Vanity Fair to make abstract portraits, as well as renderings of contemporary celebrities such as hip-hop superstar Jay-Z and the late vocalist Aaliyah.
Born in Gdansk, Poland, Drozd studied at St. Martin School of Art And Design, and the Ecole Superioure des Arts Decoratifs. Migrating to New York City, she was commissioned to do paintings for Cipriani’s Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, and the famous Friars Club. Her artistic vision then turned to collage, “reclaiming paper of fashion, gossip, and entertainment magazines”.
Fashion and popular culture are a fascination for Drozd, whose depictions of Maggio Cipriani, fashion designer Marc Jacobs, hip-hop mogul Damon Dash, Vogue Editor-At-Large Andre Leon Talley, and iconic pop diva Madonna, utilize subtle shading and color tones to give each piece added impact. Drozd cites Chuck Close, Wancheghe Mutu, Elizabeth Peyton, and Mickalene Thomas as some oif her artistic influences, and she says her goal is to further the merging of fashion and art. ”I’ve been knock, knock, knocking on [Vogue Editor-In-Chief] Anna Wintour’s door,” she says with a smile.
“It takes discipline and patience,” to create each piece, Drizd allows, but wouldn’t elaborate on how long it takes to complete them. Thursday’s exhibit was the latest in a series of distinguished showings for the artists, whose work has been displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA), Washington, DC’s Fraser Gallery, and in Warsaw’s National Opera, under the patronage of the President Of Poland. Drozd lives in New York City, where she continues to follow her craft.
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