Saturday, December 7, 2019

Tiny Canvases: The Art of the Nail at OMA

by Patricia Frischer

I do lots of art about hands and fingers and there is a reason why we love our fingers. We can see them every day, with no mirror. They are in focus no matter how good or poor our eye sight.The are always in close reach.  They have been with us forever...we started sucking on them from our first days, maybe even within the womb. 

Decorating the nails on  our fingers goes back centuries. The small size of the canvas has just stimulated the intricacy of the designs, techniques and materials. The past has set high standards, but recently nail art has found its way onto contemporary fashion runways. At OMA, we see a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Creative Nail Design (CNDtm). This local company started in a garage by Dr. Stuart S. Nordstrom, but is now international. This fun exhibition Tiny Canvases: The Art of the Nail demonstrates that there is no place too small for fine art to exist. 

On view at the Oceanside Museum of Art until Feb 9, 2020. 

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