PINK WEAVE (2011): One of DaSilva’s classic light painting techniques requires her to move through the frame of a long exposure
photograph with fluorescent tubing, which is often covered with colored gels. Pink Weave was made in an abandoned silk mill in
Pennsylvania, where she was granted access to develop new work for a 2011 New York City exhibition.
As if the magic inherent in a still image weren’t powerful enough,
there is light painting—fine art photographer Vicki DaSilva’s
medium of choice, which shatters the confines of conventional
photography by incorporating performance, sculpture, technology
and imagination. Mix in the confluence of graffiti, hip-hop and social
and political issues, and you get DaSilva’s distinctive style of “light
graffiti,” a term she coined to describe her unique text-based light
painting, which recently exploded onto the art scene.
[ BY AMY TOUCHETTE ]