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A curated selection from Dina Brodsky's ongoing "Bird-by-Bird" project, a global collaboration via Instagram of birds submitted to her by photographers and followers. Miniature watercolor and gouache portraits, their personalities are magnified beyond the bounds of their scale.
Dina Brodsky is a contemporary realist miniaturist painter and curator known for her detailed drawings of architecture, trees, and wildlife. Her miniatures carry with them the tradition of the form, offering up a meditative experience for both the viewer and her, as the creator. They invite possession on a symbolic level and allow the viewer to take ownership of the experience in addition to the object. Her most recent series, Secret Life of Trees, is executed in ballpoint pen in sketch books and on handmade paper. The images, which are sourced from photographs, stories, and artifacts submitted by Dina’s friends and family, have a documentary quality to them. Each drawing functions as a porthole into both her source’s memory, and into the history of the tree itself.
Dina was educated at University of Massachusetts Amherst and the New York Academy of Art, where she received her MFA. She lives and works in New York City. She has taught privately, and in several institutions including the Castle Hill Center for the Arts, the Long Island Academy of Fine Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.