Onyx: a fine art collection



We were pleased to have received multiple submissions from amazing artists across the United States as well as 11 countries, including China, United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Russia, and Canada. We could not be more excited to reach so many talented artists from around the world! Thank you so much to everyone for sharing your work with us.

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Kasia Ozga, from Saint-Étienne, France, for her piece titled Refuse III (Ordures III), 2016.

Refuse III (Ordures III), hand-carved sculpture, found Linden wood and used motor oil patina, 2016, 1 m x 1 m x 50 cm. $5000

Refuse III (Ordures III), hand-carved sculpture, found Linden wood and used motor oil patina, 2016, 1 m x 1 m x 50 cm. $5000

About the artist:

My work begins and ends in the human body. Our remnants (what we cast off and leave behind in the form of waste, trash, memory etc.) ground and connect us to the earth. My work asks where the things in our lives come from and where they go once we’ve used them. By representing and re-animating remains, I explore the potential of materials to ask questions and to evoke larger environmental relationships.

I treat the products of our culture as physical remains of our bodies and explore how we generate objects as physical extensions of ourselves. With man-made forms, materials, and processes, I extend, inhibit, and modify elements of the human body. I reuse, up-cycle, and revalue regular, standardized, and mass-produced materials into something one-of-a-kind and special to invert the associations we make with different types of detritus. My raw materials are manufactured products with a particular use history and product life cycle. Whether bastardized industrially produced goods in the white cube or surreal interventions in public spaces, my work explores the limits of functionality and worth.

I give a human dimension to physical sites by foregrounding their historical/narrative aspects and input human features into sterile goods by cutting, breaking, gluing, and carving them into forms that evoke the human body. These artworks are at once physical things and conceptual spaces. Through the physical labor and limitations of my own body, I questions which bodies are present and missing in political and cultural discourses. I explore the anatomical potential of the female body as a material metaphor for our actions that ask viewers whether our current situation is fixed or not and how change can emerge.

I’d like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit:

Ziesook You, from Texas, United States; Rachael Edwards, from Texas, United States; and Adriana Del Duca, from Naples, Italy.

A very special thank you to all artists who applied for this virtual gallery. The jury process was difficult as we had so many beautiful and unique works submitted. Congratulations to all!

To view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.

If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.