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Christie Otvos is trying something different at this year’s Artomatic and not showing her usual glass art. Instead she is showing an upcycled creation made from boxes she found on Craigslist and the newspaper. Otvos says: “I wondered if I would be able to create a piece of art with items around the house or with things that I have available to me for free.”

Her contribution to Artomatic this year, “The Sinking Ship” is inspired by her day job dealing with print media. Otvos says “The Sinking Ship” represents, “the uncharted water I seem to find myself in these days and the uncertaintly or the direciton of my future with my job and my art.”

The ship is surrounded by waves covered on one side with Otvos’ business resume and on the other side her artist resume. The latter resume has “waves going in the wrong direction to represent how difficult and aginst the grain that path would be.”

How do you feel about taking part in the 10th Anniversary of Artomatic? “I have to admit I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to be a part of Artomatic this year.  I guess you can say I’m a starving artist with a day job. The future of my job is not certain and wasn’t sure if it would be in my best interest to spend money to create art.

However, I’ve been apart of Artomatic since 2004 and couldn’t imagine not being there this year.  Artomatic has always been a wonderful environment to meet other creative souls and I look forward to see what amazing work folks have created.”

Why should an Artomatic visitor make the special trip to visit your space? “Please come and visit my space and let me know what you think the future media landscape will look like.  Write down your thoughts and toss them in the ship.”

Where can we see your work next?

“I’m co-producing a fire variety show called the Tilted Torch [that premiered] June 5th at the Palace of Wonders on H St. NE.  This month’s theme is Wild and Wooly and will be featuring not only fire but belly dancing, burlesque and outrageous juggling.

Also, ‘I Don’t Do Windows’ a series of mosaic cleaning tools will be on display at the District Playground from June until August.”

You can see the work of Christie Otvos on the 7th floor, area 2.