Paula Nadelstern – KALEIDOSCOPIC XL: Her Self/A Radiation Mask
Ins. Value: $500
Materials: Cotton kaleidoscopic fabrics designed by the artist; beads, sequins. The foundation is the intact hard plastic radiation mask (including the original attached clips) worn by the artist during treatments.
Techniques: Hand stitched, hand beaded, glue, fused
Statement: Shaped to fit each individual, a radiation mask bolts the patient’s head and shoulders to the table to ensure correct positioning, guide beams of radiation and prohibit movement during radiation treatments to the head or neck. This deeply personal work is a radical departure for me, an attempt to transform something associated with a deeply frightening and unsettling experience into an object of art and beauty using the familiar gentleness of hand beading to embellish kaleidoscopic fabrics designed by me.