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Dasha Bazanova – Everything is Significant

9642223_origBy Erin Corrigan

Growing up in the country side of Kulikovo, Russia, one could say that Dasha Bazanova’s childhood was unlike many others. Being that there was no running water, Dasha and her grandparents periodically made trips to a local well for fresh water; it was also imperative they stay stocked on plenty of firewood once the cold season began to draw near. At the age of 18, Dasha made her way to Moscow where she enrolled in Moscow State University of International relations. This is where she acquired her first degree, while also taking on the challenge of learning an entirely new language: English. Dasha said that learning English helped tremendously with her career regarding art; allowing her to move her studies to The Big Apple, where she could truly branch out and expand her many horizons.

Although Dasha says painting has come naturally to her from the very beginning, she also projects a great appreciation for a multitude of artistic facets. She states, “I feel happiest and most connected making installations; realizing the work in a new space, and reflecting with the action of placing materials in space. Also, creating and working in clay calms me down and brings me to an inner dialog, 774310_origand brings me some fresh ideas.”

Being that Ms. Bazanova is a Mixed Media artist, she feels the need to work with all types of artistic outlets; as should any open-minded creator. She believes her developments are connected to everything from places, to experiences, to brief moments in time, and so forth.

Dasha is a strong believer in the notion behind everything having potential to become something significant, and harnesses a great sense of recognition for all kinds of art. The list extends anywhere from objects to materials, to media and styles. She believes it is in every artist’s best interest to stay away from using the word favorite. To her, this can leave a person in a risky position, causing them to develop a one-track mind and a loss of exploration. Everything has the potential for collaboration and layering, creating something that is unique and remarkable from what is was before.

Ms. Bazanova will ha9028482_origve her installations and artwork on display from the first of October to the first of November at the Islip Art Museum hosted by SPARKBOOMTM. The closing reception will take place on Saturday November 1st, “Things Are Getting Hairy”, featuring a Hair Sculpture Show, tasty treats, live music, a Mythological Costume Contest, and of course, all of the talented artist’s work on display. If you are interested, check out the official FB event.



IMG_1801Erin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

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Puneeta Mittal – From the Microscope to the Canvas

"Dendrites I"

“Dendrites I”

By Jenna Weis

Abstracted art has for centuries allowed artists to break boundaries of the norm and encounter new discoveries in the art-making process as well as provide a more discrete means of spreading ideas. At first glance it seems the only concern is with color, form, and texture, but upon more careful observation and research, sometimes an abstracted work goes beyond its formal qualities. You just have to peel back the layers. Duality, depth, and beauty are just the cusp of what can be experienced when confronted with a piece by artist Puneeta Mittal, who has managed to effortlessly incorporate a fascination of science into her powerfully appealing works of art.

What we see in her art today can be traced back to the spring of 2004 when Mittal came across a high-resolution image of a mouse brain. A scientist would take this image at face value and focus on the subjective –the facts, but Mittal saw a landscape. An organic arrangement of artistic elements that inspired this artist to, “visualize beauty in the repulsive, find knowledge in the unknown, and to observe the unseen to more clearly see our world.”

"Internal Space IV"

“Internal Space IV”

Mittal is highly influenced by the technique of glaze painting for its textural multi-layered quality, and was a suitable approach to produce works of substance and depth, the same substance and depth she sees in a single microscopic view; how she sees the world.

internal Space III

“Internal Space III”

“While I utilize scientific content as the basic substrate of my works”, she says “as an artist I exercise my freedom to break the confines pertaining to accuracy of data and reality.”

Her signature touch is how the structure and the subjective are undercut by the spontaneity in composition of Mittal’s oil paintings. She fuses the rigidness of modern science with the freedom of expression in her use of both passionate and subtle colors rhythmically composed as a nod to the natural world that also greatly inspires Mittal. This constant juxtaposition of real and metaphorical, science and spiritual, abstract and literal add a sense of complexity and intrigue for the viewer that is also seen in her ceramic pieces. Simplistic shapes of painted multi-layered surfaces which she refers to as “landscape and terrain” acknowledges a quote by Robert Morris; “The simplicity of shape does not necessarily mean simplicity of idea.”

Mittal’s work is on display from October 1st to November 1st at the Islip Art Museum. SPARKBOOMTM will be co-curated the show along with Beth Giacummo, including the closing reception on November 1st, “Things Are Getting Hairy”, featuring a Hair Sculpture Show, food, music, Mythological Costume Contest, and of course, all of the amazing artists on display.  Visit islipartmuseum.org for more info!


rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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