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Blue Tension

Miriam Svidler's avatar Miriam Svidler

Blue Tension was created for an Art Studio class during my senior year at Cranbrook High School. During that time in my life, like so many other seniors, I felt pulled in all directions, not knowing who I really am. Describing the way I felt, the shape of this dress is constructed to look full, as though someone is wearing it. Yet, the dress is empty inside and is pulled by outside forces. Threads are coming out of the seams, holding the dress in shape, suspending and tying the dress to the box. Since that time in high school I am finding myself thread by thread and seam by seam. I was very touched when this, my most cherished art piece was recognized by others as well and I had the opportunity to exhibit Blue Tension at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, winning a Michigan Sculptor’s Guild Award and a Kendall College Scholarship. I was also greatly honored by Cranbrook Kingswood School Excellence in Art Award for Studio Design and was interviewed as a rising artist for the Detroit Free Press Local Newspaper. That same summer I had a magical night with my family exhibiting Blue Tension in the Governor’s Awards for Arts and Culture Gala. The following year I won the University of Michigan School of Art & Design Student Art Show competition for Blue Tension.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 24 inches
  • Medium: Tyvek paper, ink, sewing thread, wood, metal hooks, and pearl beads.
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2006
  • Height: 5feet 5 inches