My work is influenced by the wish to convey the connectedness between humans and nature, that we are a part of something greater. My hope is to invite the viewer to see past the initial intensity of the arrangements, and get a sense of harmony present within the works; in the end, leaving with a feeling of peace.
The materials used in my installations are sourced from the local antique stores and thrift shops. I search for framed prints and literature. I am drawn to pieces with history, such as aged family photos or papers, foil art, and maybe some old reference books. Often, my arrangements may include acrylic paints or gouache. While I use a variety of materials in each project, my methodology is consistent. In my wish to convey our tie with nature, I frequently use marbled paper. The style of the paper is flowing, yet somehow chaotic; it intrigues me, and to me, it closely resembles our connectedness with nature–confused and serene at the same time.
Dina Shaposhnikova, also known as Dina Chapeau grew up in Sevastopol, Ukraine and relocated to the U.S. in 1999. Dina graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 with a BFA in Illustration. Primarily working in mixed media and collage, her studio is located in the historic Waltham Mills Artists Association. Currently her work can be seen at the Monique Rancourt Jewelry and Artisan Gallery in Waltham.