Veil



by Katherine Daniels

chashama Donnell Library Windows
20 West 53rd Street
(between 5th and 6th, across from MoMA)
New York, NY

January 21 - February 14, 2011
Viewable from street 24 hours a day

Veil, a large scale, site-specific, installation in the chashama Donnell Windows is constructed of black netting, kite ribbon, zip ties and plastic scraps. At night it projects a garden of shadows onto the sidewalk creating a scene from a shadow play about the foreshadowing of spring for passersby to walk through. An abstract grid, flower and vine design alludes to lace veils that throughout history have concealed or disguised, protected from gaze or evil spirits, as a sign of mourning or a display of religious piety. Seen at night, the projection of light onto the silhouette of the collage panels creates a shadow garden on the sidewalk for passersby to walk through in the veil of night like the veil of winter in dark winter months. At night it projects a garden of shadows onto the sidewalk creating a scene from a shadow play about the foreshadowing of spring for passersby to walk through.

These paradisical gardens represent the human need to counter our acts of destruction with creating and cultivating beauty.

Veil is funded by a Mahattan Community Arts Fund grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been leading voice for arts and culture Downtown and throughout New York City for over 35 years, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is dedicated to making Manhattan a thriving center of arts activity with relevance to the arts community worldwide. It does this through a range of grants, cultural programs and advocacy.

Artist Bio
Katherine Daniels’s work explores the archetypal idea of a garden in paradise through her sculptures, installations and public art.  Ms. Daniels uses repurposed items, recycled materials, sewing notions, and fabric with traditional craft techniques such as weaving, sewing, and beading to create her body of work.

Her work is currently also on view in Williamsburg Brooklyn at Front Room Gallery (www.frontroom.org) in An Uncommon Thread and the site specific sculpture Fence Embroidery with Embellishment is on view in Manhattan on South Street between Wall Street and Maiden Lane. (http://www.downtownny.com/reconstruction). She has been awarded AIM 30 program at the Bronx Museum,  PS. 122 Project Studio, a Artist-in-Residency at the Henry Street Settlement, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation The Space Program grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting. She holds a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in painting from Johnson State College.

She was raised in Huntington, West Virginia and now lives and works in New York City.
 

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