With her recent show at the Able Fine Art NY Gallery and her recognition as an important, emerging artist through her appointment to KiptonArt’s 2012 Rising Programme, Vicki DaSilva is helping bring growing interest to Light Painting, a technique first used as an artistic medium by Man Ray in his 1935 ‘Space Writing’ series. Also [...]
With her recent show at the Able Fine Art NY Gallery and her recognition as an important, emerging
artist through her appointment to KiptonArt’s 2012 Rising Programme, Vicki DaSilva is helping bring
growing interest to Light Painting, a technique first used as an artistic medium by Man Ray in his
1935 ‘Space Writing’ series.
Also known as Light Drawing or Light Graffiti, slow photographic exposures are used at a site or
installation with limited light and additional elements are added to the image by moving a light
source, or by moving the camera in front of the light source. Vicki DaSilva describes her work as
“a combination of intervention art and environmental graffiti”. Many of her works closely resemble
a graffiti-sprawled urban wall but with a cinderella like transformation into a vivid and beautiful
work of art. The medium brings additional power to the message as well as pleasure to the viewer.
Ms DaSilva aims to create Light Graffiti that “make social and political commentary text based images”.
But not all of her works are so literal. “The lamps are to create abstract fields of light that are
responses to architecture and landscapes” she explains. This results in photographic canvases of
striking colours, shapes and patterns.
The execution of the work can take up to hours. For each series of photographs DaSilva uses a site-
specific installation with either tube lamps moved by hand or pulled manually along custom, portable,
track systems. Whether using simple white light from the lamps or producing bright, colourful images
by using them with colour cellophane gels, she can spend hours preparing and rehearsing the scene and
image to be captured.
Speaking at the event at which KiptonART awarded DaSilva one of the six places in its Rising
Programme,established in 2008 at Art Basel Miami, the organisation’s founder, Kipton Cronkite,
reminded journalists of what most artists already know; “It’s harder than ever to get a foothold
in the art scene and with resources for artists disappearing more frequently, it’s more imperative
than ever to help these talented individuals showcase their creativity.”. With the enhanced
visibility, resources and expertise the programme aims to give emerging artists, we should hopefully
see more of Vicki DaSilva and other artists using the exciting new medium of Light Painting.