NEW YORK, NY.-
Today, mixed media artist Ida Ivanka Kubler
announces the completion of a new phase in her well-travelled series, The Birth of An Idea. Growing up on a silk sericulture farm in rural Bulgaria shaped Kublers creative practice. I must have been around five-years old, sitting under one of the trees in my grandparents mulberry forest, when I discovered silk cocoons, Kubler recalls from inside her current Chinatown studio (coincidentally a block from Mulberry Street), where she is surrounded by the cocoons of previously hatched silk moths that she gathered from select sites in Europe and Asia.
The Letter departs from Kublers signature brightcolored canvases featuring hand-painted silk cocoons arranged as mandalas. In this evolution, Kublers meticulous ordering of intricate geometric patterns gives way to her wild, process-driven shaping of silk fibers that she intuits rather than directs. The resulting works are abstract, featuring wispy orbs of shocking color that resemble planets in a painterly cosmos.
Kublers multidimensional aesthetic evokes allusions to macro and micro immersive worlds, from Kandinskys concentric universe to the atmospheric scribbles of contemporary minimalist Brice Marden. However, corporeal sensualities pervade Kublers practice and set it apart. Together with her 80 yearold studio assistant, Elena, the women use forks to extract silk fibers from boiling cocoons, leaving traces of spit, stinky and raw.
Photographer and Homme Less (2014) film star Mark Reay came into contact with Kublers feminine energy and the two embarked on a photographic essay project inside a neighbors 19th century warehouse. While Reay envisioned Kubler wrapped in her own chrysalis on the streets of Chinatown, she preferred to continue the tradition of artists shooting nude alone amongst her work and materials. With a smile, Kubler remarks that shes used to feeling completely exposed as this is the way that shes come to give of herself as an artist.
Kublers visual and visceral intertwining expresses the intention of her practice. I insist that my artworks do not convey meanings but instead awake feelings, Kubler says. I aim to introduce to the viewer the passion of tactile experience, which I feel when I am producing. So the artworks are filled with sensualities and possibilities.
Ida Ivanka Kubler is an artist living and creating in Chinatown, New York. She has exhibited in Bulgaria, Germany, France, UK, Norway, and elsewhere in the USA. Her work can be found in collections around the world. Kubler attended the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria, the University of Applied Arts, Bielefeld, Germany and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK.