My name is Alina Eydel and I am a young but professional artist and I am looking for your help to gain recognition and collectors for my artwork. I am planning on participating in a subsection of Art Miami from December 5th to 9th, 2012. Art Miami is one of the most prestigious art fairs held during an art explosion in Miami called “Art Basel Week.” This is easily the most important art event in the country, consisting of a few different art fairs, because it attracts collectors, museum curators, and art critics from around the world! So I would love your help and think you will really enjoy my rewards because my artwork is unique, both in idea and technique.
I invented my own mixed media technique, “Mosaic on Canvas,” in 2003. After drawing several detailed sketches, I paint the entire canvas. Then I intricately embellish the surface by gluing each line of beads down one at a time, creating a mosaic on the canvas. I then varnish the beading so it will never come off. Each bead represents an atom of which all-- and all life-- is made up. Each bead is a molecule of my daily life-- people, situations, conversations, etc.-- incorporated with a surrealistic expression of my various inspirations. The end result is an intricate jewelry-like mosaic that beautiful and durable and meaningful.
I plan to exhibit my new and exciting “Mantra” series of paintings. I have already started the series with two large paintings, “Heart of Gold” (36”wide x 48”high) and “Love” (36”wide x 60” high,) and am working on the next piece, “Dollar Mandala” (the big gold painting to my left in the video), right this moment.
These pieces combine personally significant iconography with widely understood symbols, such as the heart, dollar sign, or (in future pieces) yin-yang. The repetition of the symbols has a trance-inducing, mantra-like quality. I use symbols as a representation of my hopes, aspirations, and experiences—love symbols come from my experience of being in love, while prosperity symbols stem from my family’s experience of living as impoverished immigrants and striving for years for a better life.
These pieces will be the crown jewels of my show at Art Miami, but I need your help to be able to pay for my booth there—it’s going to cost me $10,000! Just to be safe (if we don't make my goal, I won't get a penny), I’ve set the goal close to halfway, at $5,500, but I’m really hoping that you will help me reach my true goal ($10,000)!
I am 22 years old and I have been painting since I was 6. With my parents’ help, I’ve been exhibiting and selling my artwork since I was 11. My parents emigrated with me from Russia to the U.S. in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the U.S., they struggled for over a decade just to get by, but supported my creativity regardless.
For the past few years, I’ve dreamed of exhibiting in Art Miami because it’s such a high quality show, with great artwork and endless opportunities for artists to achieve recognition. However, my artwork needed some time to mature and evolve before it would be accepted into such a prestigious and cutting-edge event. Recently, I had the pleasure of exhibiting in such high-caliber art fairs like Art Sarasota and Art Naples. My success and the praise my work received there gave me the confidence that Art Miami is an achievable goal. Now, I have the amazing opportunity to exhibit my artwork during Art Basel week, if only I can pay for it.
And now the FANTASTIC REWARDS
In return for your contribution, I will send you the rewards below, depending on the amount you pledge. The more you give, the more spectacular the rewards (and the happier we both will feel :) Besides participating in this potentially pivotal moment in my career, rewards include:
+ 5"x7" postcards of the above images (blank on the inside so you can use them for whatever you want.)
+ 11"x14" (standard size!) giclee prints of the images above. Each print will be signed on the front. (By the way, you can see one of them next to the small piece I pick up in the video)
Small Original Mixed Media Paintings
***In the case of any of the small paintings, you have a choice of COLOR, either Red, Gold, or Blue, land the opportunity to have it FRAMED. ALL of the paintings, large or small will be signed on the front and back.***
+ A 5"x7" heart-themed original (above) with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals. The canvas will be "Gallery-Wrapped", meaning the canvas will be painted on the sides as well, giving the work a contemporary look, so it does not need to be framed, but I can have it framed in a style similar to the "Butterfly Kiss" below (with a silver inner frame and black outer frame) for $20 extra.
+ An 8"x10" heart-themed original with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals, also gallery-wrapped. I can have this elegantly framed for $25.
+ A 14"x17" heart-themed original painting with glass bead mosaic and/or Swarovski crystals, gallery-wrapped as well.I can have this elegantly framed for $30.
Large Original Mixed Media Paintings
+ The Smaller Crown Jewel: THE "SUNSET BUTTERFLY KISS" ORIGINAL PAINTING!!! This piece is lavishly beaded with a gold leaf background an elegant frame; it will bring you love and joy for years! (You can see this one behind me in the video.)
+ The Crown Jewel of All the Rewards: THE "BLUE CROWN" ORIGINAL PAINTING!!! It is 30"x36", acrylic on canvas with an overwhelmingly intricate mosaic and an elegant frame. (You can see it on the wall behind me in the video as well.)
Art Miami Tickets
+ I will send you at least 2 tickets to the exhibit regardless of how much you pledge, so you can visit me at the show!
Any and every donation will be appreciated; Thank you so, so much,
- (30 days)