In the heart of the mythical Elqui Valley in Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, 500km north of Santiago in central Chile, lies a magical place that allows for star-spangled dreams beneath the clear pure sky. Combining stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback riding, meditation and even tarot readings, Elqui Domos is a hotel quite like no other.
It was completed in 2005 to fulfil its owners’ desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the one of the world’s most star-filled skies. It is one of only seven astronomic hotels around the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views of the magic skies draped over the Elqui Valley (the valley is renowned for its sharp, clear skies, as it happens to sit under one of the clearest atmospheres in the world). The lack of rain and pleasant weather all year round set the perfect conditions for astronomic tourism, where guests can gather to enjoy a unique chance to liaise with the stars.
Created by San Francisco-based fine art painter Klari Reis, this is a series of colorful Petri dishes hand painted using reflective epoxy polymer to depict electron microscope images of various natural and unnatural cellular reactions. They were created as part of a project she calls ‘The Daily Dish 2013‘ where Klari is creating a new Petri dish painting every single day in 2013. Be sure to check this page out to find the rest of the series.
The attached piece is called “Veil”, 2012
It is 20” x 24”
Here is a statement/ bio about my work:
BIO / STATEMENT
Melissa Zexter combines hand-stitched embroidery with both color and black and white photography. She uses an older art form, embroidery, refracted through a modern one, photography, to create structured objects that are embodiments of both fragmentation and focused concentration. The sewn patterns and intricate puzzles are colored textured drawings, which serve as webs and grids over the photographs, providing another dimension to the images. The sewing creates a filtered experience; much the way emotions and personal history alter everyday perception.
Melissa Zexter was born in Rhode Island and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Photography from New York University/International Center of Photography,
For many years Zexter has combined the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. Her portraits and figurative work explore identity and representations of femininity.
She has exhibited throughout the United States including shows at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Hallspace Gallery in Boston, MA, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Creiger Dane Gallery.
Her work has been published and reviewed in numerous publications including AfterImage, ELEPHANT Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, Time Out Chicago, The New Yorker, Art New England, The Village Voice, and New York Magazine
She has taught in New York at Cooper Union, Alfred University, The New School, and Long Island University. She currently teaches at The Dalton School, NYC.