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BlackRock Presents Mixed Media Sculptures Exhibit Exploring Themes of Nature

Exploring themes from the natural world, Andrea Uravitch creates mixed media sculptures of mammals, insects, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians often integrating vegetation and other elements from their habitat. Through careful research, the artist studies her subjects before translating the forms, patterns, colors and textures she observes to construct exquisitely crafted animals using clay, steel, fiber, paper and other materials.

In her solo exhibition “Land, Sea, and Air”, which will be at the BlackRock Center for the Arts September 16 through October 28, Uravitch combines individual sculptural works in tableaus and installations intended to immerse the viewer and encourage contemplation of our relationship to and responsibility for preserving the environment.

Born in Cleveland, Uravitch earned a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she majored in fiber with minors in textile design and ceramics. The award-winning artist has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally in galleries and museums which include the Textile Museum and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. A long-time resident of Virginia, Uravitch maintains her studio practice in Falls Church.

For the past 45 years, Uravitch has explored nature themes in mixed media sculptures focused on animals and their environment.

“First I study an animal by going to the library or the Smithsonian Institution,” says the artist, “I also go and find a live example and take pictures in a garden, the woods near home, or the zoo.” She then makes scale drawings, selects materials, welds steel armatures, sculpts clay and wire forms, applies layers of paint, makes paper and silkscreen prints, and constructs fiber and f