Blushby Ivia Yavelow
This spire was inspired by the evolution of ash tree materials into new forms. The ash trees have become a symbol of broader ecological health, and of the power of art.
The mirror pieces reflect the world around the spire, integrating it with its environment. This reflected greenery contrasts the warm, sunset colors of the grout. Due to the mirror and slight reflectiveness of the graphite stripes, this piece transforms its appearance slightly throughout the day. This change and the broken yet strong materials are a reminder of the ever-present change in the natural world, its fragility, and its strength.
Materials: Glass mosaic with tinted grout, graphite and pencil drawing, and wax
Dimensions: 5″ x 5″ x 64″
Map/Spire Number: 30
Location: HT Municipal Athletic Complex
Address: 201 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville
About the Artist
Ivia Sky Yavelow is an artist, curator, and teacher based in central NJ. She has exhibited in the Hopewell area since 2010 and won awards for her process-based artwork, which ranges from drawings to reliefs to 3-D sculpture and installation. Yavelow earned a BA in Studio Arts from Bard College in 2014 and also studied sculpture at the New York Studio School. In 2015, she was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. As part of her teaching practice, Yavelow creates mosaic murals in and around central NJ and Bucks County. This is her first mosaic on a small, portable scale!
As a curator, Yavelow runs Portals, a small works gallery in New Hope, PA, and works as a coordinator and project manager for area clients in the arts and related fields. She is inspired by opportunities to bring art into the everyday, be they through custom art creations, classes, or exhibitions.
“A creative abstract design, with finely inlaid mirrors, reflects the beauty of nature.”