As a process-oriented artist, the practice of repetition is paramount to Feinstein’s work - from intricately layered monoprints on paper, to large, captivating installations created by the fusion of many analogous parts. The use of netting, fabric, and other soft materials as matrices, as well as meticulous hand coloring of delicate patterns, sets her work apart from that of traditional printmakers. Throughout the art-making process, careful color and composition choices result in refined, elegant, abstracted interpretations of the inner-workings of plants and plant cells. Some monochromatic and some vividly hued, the rich, concentric circles of each printed layer form optical vibrations within the subject, activating the pieces. Judicious placement of the layered shapes transforms the monoprints into portraits of a cell wall, a piece of a seed, or a slice of the center of a tree trunk. Feinstein’s use of concentric circles draws upon the pattern’s longstanding meditative symbolism - the visualization of repetition, evolution, the process of growth, and the nested relationships of the natural world.
Orna Feinstein received a BFA from the University of Houston, Summa Cum Laude, in 2008, in addition to earning a diploma from the Glassell School of Art in 2002. Feinstein has been selected four times to the renowned International Print Center New York New Prints program, and has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. The artist’s work can be found in numerous national and international public collections, among them The National Tawain Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwain; The Printing Museum, Houston, Texas; Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece; Roennebaeksholm Arts & Culture Centre, Naestved, Denmark; and Venice Printmaking Studio, Venice, Italy. Feinstein’s vast body of work has been honored with multiple museum retrospectives: The Printing Museum, Houston, TX; The Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX; as well as forthcoming retrospectives at The Geometric and MADI Art Museum, Dallas, TX, and The Museum of the Southeast, Beaumont, TX. Feinstein’s large-scale Plexiglas installation is being showcased at this year’s prestigious International Arte Fiera in Bologna, Italy.