Amidst the fractured landscapes of Finland, David Popa’s ephemeral ice art emerges as a beacon of beauty, capturing fleeting moments in frozen splendor.
In a world fractured by chaos and uncertainty, there remains an undeniable truth: beauty can still be found amidst brokenness. – David Popa
David Popa, a New York-born artist currently residing in Finland, is a testament to this belief. Through his large-scale works in nature, visible only from the skies above, he captures the essence of fleeting moments and the impermanence of life.
Watch the exclusive video interview above, where David addresses all our pressing questions.
Nature’s Canvas: The Sky’s Perspective
“I make these large-scale works in nature that can only be seen from above from my drone,” says David. This unique approach to artistry is not just about aesthetics, but also about the message it conveys.
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As David puts it, “We have these incredible moments, memories, loved ones that are here one day and then gone the next.”
Challenges on Ice: An Artist’s Endeavor
David’s recent venture into creating murals on the frozen Gulf of Finland is nothing short of awe-inspiring. “The ice was one of those elements that would just be amazing to work on,” he shares. But the beauty of the ice comes with its challenges. From pigments sinking into the ice to the very surface breaking beneath him, David’s commitment to his craft is evident. “It’s very difficult for so many reasons… the main one is the fact that it will literally these ice floes will break on me while I’m working on the piece.”
Ephemeral Art: Beauty in Transience
The fleeting nature of David’s art is both its charm and its message. Using natural pigments like chalk, charcoal, and earth ochres, his creations are destined to wash away.
Ephemeral art has a lot to do with the beauty, in fact, that the work doesn’t last. It’s a poignant reminder of the transient nature of our existence and the mysteries of the world we live in. -David Popa
Roots in Graffiti: A Legacy of Artistry
David’s passion for art was ignited early on, under the mentorship of his father, Albert Popa, one of the pioneering graffiti writers in NYC. This early exposure to traditional painting and street art laid the foundation for David’s current body of work. His artistry now revolves around using natural pigments, often sourced from the very location of his murals, capturing these ephemeral masterpieces through drone photography.
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These artworks, primarily located on islands in the Nordic region, are not only a visual treat but also delve deep into the anthropological aspects of human origin, nature, and destiny.
Harmonizing Art with Nature: David’s Eco-Friendly Palette
David’s commitment to the environment and authenticity is evident in his choice of materials. He exclusively uses natural pigments for his artworks, ensuring that his creations are not only visually stunning but also eco-friendly. By sourcing pigments like chalk, charcoal, and earth ochres, he ensures a harmonious blend of his art with nature. This dedication not only amplifies the beauty of his pieces but also pays homage to ancient art practices, making his work a perfect fusion of tradition and modernity.
A Conversation with Nature
David’s art is a dynamic conversation with the natural world. From bird droppings that appear as brushstrokes to changing tides revealing new rock layers, every element of nature plays a part in his creations. The unpredictable nature of his canvas, whether it’s an oncoming storm or the shifting light, often alters his work, leaving behind a beautiful remnant of what was once there. This interplay with the ephemeral world is what fascinates David, inviting viewers to ponder the fleeting nature of our existence and the everyday miracles that surround us.
In wrapping up, David Popa’s transition from the vibrant avenues of New York to Finland’s tranquil vistas speaks volumes about dedication and tenacity. His transient artworks poignantly underscore the evanescent splendors in our existence and the ever-changing world we inhabit.
For a deeper dive into David Popa’s world and his artistic journey, explore his official website and immerse yourself in the profound mysteries of his creations.
And make sure to check our interview with the amazing 3D anamorphic street artist Leon Keer.