About this piece:
The Aftertaste explores the notion of pain as a unifying human factor. Our ability to feel the pain of others makes us human. But when in pain, OUR pain becomes the center of our world. Pain is the most isolating experience for an individual—when you are left to face the weakness of the body and mind. On the other hand, our intimate knowledge of pain relates us to others. The fear of pain can make us heartless. Preserving and nurturing the ability to empathize is essential to our humanity and survival.
The sculptural book is constructed of ‘pages’ cast as tea cups from cotton and studded with cactus needles. The ‘pages’ are bound with a thread, gently held together. Soft, inviting tea cups are contrasted with sharp, repelling needles. When experiencing this work, I want the viewer to ask:
Can I touch it? Can I pick it up? Will it hurt me? Will it fall apart?
cast cotton, paper, ink, thread, cactus needles
About the artist:
Lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Katya Reka (b. 1982 in Ukraine) is a book and fiber artist, graphic designer and educator. Reka plays with words and materials to find and expose the poetic connections between body and nature. Her work explores handmade and digital integrating book arts, graphic design, printmaking, photography and textiles. Interested in the role and place of a book in the contemporary world, Reka combines handmade paper, textiles, traditional printmaking techniques with digital printing, video and interactive publications for digital tablets. She is represented in collections across the US and Europe.