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March 20, 2014

Step inside: 410 director creates installation exhibit at Emy Frentz Gallery

410 director creates installation exhibit at Emy Frentz Gallery

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"It's all about reconstructing the space into something that's more familiar to all of us," she said. "This is definitely more sculptural than my other work."

Sikkila has been preparing for this installation for months.

She salvaged elements from previous projects, including her last installation project at the Verizon Wireless Center in December, and purchased what she couldn't find. She moved all the furniture to the sides of her house to accommodate the extensive pre-fabrication required for the exhibit.

She began the installation Tuesday morning with the help of her family and a few friends. And though she had a clear artistic vision, the established printmaker said the nature of installation art demands adaptation as well as ability to work in several mediums.

"You have to be good at problem solving and thinking on your feet," said Sikkila, whose first hurdle for the exhibit was creating the large faux walls, a necessity since the gallery does now allow objects directly mounted to the wall."I have a layout, but once you get into the gallery, you know it's going to change.

If You Go What "Teddy Bears and Teeth," installation by Dana Sikkila When Opens today; on display through April 16 Where Emy Frentz Gallery at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, 523 S. Second St. Reception 5-8 p.m. today at the gallery; Sikkila giving artist talk around 6 p.m.

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