Teaching Artist-in-Residence Natalya Khorover’s Upcycled Art
Natalya Khorover, the HRM’s Spring and Summer 2023 Teaching Artist-in-Residence, just completed a series of engaging hands-on workshops for visitors to create artworks from colorful, single-use plastics that would otherwise contribute to the pollution of our environment. One of the primary projects was Upcycled Community Collage: The View Outside, a large-scale, mixed-media art quilt of the Palisades made with help from visitors over the course of two months and based on a sketch by the artist, that is currently on view in the Joyce Greene Education Center.
Also on view is Khorover’s own work, three pieces from her Nature series. She states: “These works are formed and stitched from the same single-use plastic that is littering our planet and adding to our collective climate emergency. Here it is transformed into luscious, colorful swirls of petals and leaves. Yes, there is irony in creating nature-inspired artwork out of single-use plastic. Instead of it becoming litter in our gardens and the great outdoors, it becomes art.” This exhibition, also in the Joyce Greene Education Center, will be on view through September 3, 2023.
For nearly twenty years, Khorover has been reclaiming and repurposing castoff materials for her art. She earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Surface Design Association (SDA), the Katonah Museum Artist Association (KMAA), and the Silvermine Guild of Artists. In fall 2022, she created a site-specific installation from single-use plastic waste for The Social Fabric, an exhibition at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, NY. Her work has also been exhibited at the Dairy Barn’s biennial Quilt National (2021, 2017, 2013), the Visions Museum of Textile Art in San Diego, CA, The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
Support for the Teaching Artist-in-Residence is provided by Art Bridges.