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Etsy

Installation artist Christina Watka takes us behind the scenes of her latest installation, Dichotomous Air, at Etsy’s Brooklyn headquarters. Created with hundreds of hand-cut pieces of mica, a pearly, naturally-sourced material, the installation acts as a reflective canopy in the building’s central hallway. Read on for more on Christina’s process behind the site-specific installation.

Photos courtesy of Christina Watka & Paula Abrieu Pita

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“The mica is paper thin but sturdy and sculptural. Woven together in a collective form, but noticeable in individual rounded, stone-like shapes. Transparent and colorful, it is often mirror-like in its ability to reflect light.”

— Christina Watka

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“By densely enveloping the room with a lightweight, ephemeral material, one feels both cozy and uplifted, weightless and heavy. The work is kinetic, but stagnant; the light flutters around the room, but the material stays steady.”

— Christina Watka

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Photo by Paula Abrieu Pita
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“The location functions as a hallway, and it was always my intention to imbue this once straightforward space with the same sense of wonder and dimension that the Etsy brand thrives on; the energy in the building is youthful, optimistic, and creative. I knew that I wanted to work from the ceiling, and to use a material that would utilize the natural light that moves around the building throughout the day.”

— Christina Watka

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“The title, 'Dichotomous Air', revealed itself to me after the installation was complete. Standing in the room, under a mineral canopy that both refracted and reflected the light, I noticed dualities and opposing ideas flowing through the space in perfect harmony. There is something undeniably scientific about the work, perhaps the basic materials - copper and mica. ”

— Christina Watka

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Photo by Paula Abrieu Pita

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