Ildiko Nova: Airborne Art Project

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    This piece is inspired by the name of the selected piece, SeaBee. The piece is kept intact, minimally changed, the features are built around it, to keep its integrity and visibility. There are different materials are used, some of them recycled and reclaimed. The base is built from mesonite board, and painted chicken wire. The bees are all handmade from painted beads, wire and see-though plastic. Flowers are created with broken reflectors and buttons.

    One of my artistic interests is the coexistence of nature and urban settings. As the growing population creates harmful pollution to the environment, awareness and education is crucial. The story of the bees is alarming, as pesticides kill the bees, we lose them, not only their honey producing but also as a pollinating support, which jeopardizes future crops. All these ideas helped me to create an “oversized” honeycomb with a SeaBee door, where we can peek to see the bees in their home.

    My name is Ildiko Nova, a local artist here in Winnipeg. My artistic background includes various mediums and experiences.

    I love to paint portraits, city scenes and animals. My illustration work is about storytelling and juxtaposition, I enjoy putting elements together that are unusual or unexpected. I ask questions about the growing urban setting and how it effects wildlife. I also like to experiment with different materials, and to try to reclaim recycled objects.

    The following magazines have published my work: ASLI Magazine, Understorey Magazine, The Dangerous Women Project and Red Rising Magazine.

    Airborne Art 2017

    Back in 2014, our storage areas were bursting at the seams with surplus airplane parts. We asked the art community to bring new life to some unique pieces of “canvas.” A piece of scrap metal, loop antennas, pieces of exhaust—the vintage aircraft parts became one-of-a-kind art.

    The finished pieces were donated back to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada for charitable fundraising.

    Our first Airborne Art Project was so successful we invited artists to collaborate with us again. We’re very excited that the pieces are now starting to be unveiled and returned to us here at the museum.

    This is our third year of the program and we couldn’t be more excited. The level of participation and quality of the art is amazing and gives the museum a unique fundraising opportunity that no other organization has.

    The art is displayed in the museum and auctioned at our Out of the Blue Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

    For more information, or if you are an artist and would like to participate next year, please contact:

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