Cleveland-based artist Eugenia Vainberg uses thread as a brush connecting moments in history, culture, and private life. Decades of thought and practice are present in the delicate and decisive lines in her work. When the lines depict dancers, drummers, or other energetic scenes, they seem to vibrate and pulse with the imagined sound and movement. When they follow the slow turning of a head, or a tranquil doe and leaf, they carry the gentle weight of intimacy captured and immortalized through art.
The artist describes her life and work:
Each of Vainberg’s pieces evokes a story. For the arrangement of works at the Gallery at Praxis Fiber Workshop, Gallery Director Connie Fu and assistant Kayli Salzano elected to create a sequence of scenes involving atmosphere, characters, and design details, activating Vainberg’s oeuvre as a paint palette. Viewers can enter the sequence at any point and follow the ebb and flow of action and feeling along the gallery walls.
Vainberg’s work also memorializes Russian and Jewish artists, writers, and performers, and the greats of the 20th century avant-garde—Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Anna Akhmatova, and Vladimir Mayakovsky to name but a few. Artists across the globe who have inspired her, including the prodigious Nadya Rusheva, the late Cincinnati-based modernist nature illustrator Charley Harper, and legendary performer Josephine Baker are also represented.
All of Vainberg’s remaining pieces are for sale in our Store until late spring 2021.