Dream House, 24 x 18 inches, marker and ink on paper.
Individually made bee magnets, marker and ink sealed on paper and on a magnet.
WBM september 2017
In preparation for a project on the heav-ens,
for example, she read resources that
ranged from “Astronomy for Dummies” to
official NASA reports on constellations,
putting hours into learning everything
she could about the cultural and scientific
significance of the stars. She used the same
approach to complete series of images
representing mythological creatures, and
wonders of the ancient world.
Over the course of her career, she has
developed an iconography of her own.
The artist’s original system of pattern and
symbol includes flora and fauna in images
that speak to femininity and strength, and
a complex web of geometric allusion and
historically influenced repetition.
Divoky has worked in the arts as a cura-tor,
historian, designer and administrator,
most recently at the Leland Cultural Arts
Center. Her work is influenced by interac-tions
with local artists and art lovers.
“What informs me most are the students
and seeing the art shows that happen
there,” she says. “We have a new artist every
month and it has been really interesting
seeing the different artists and styles that
are featured. Leland doesn’t have a lot
of outlets for art, so seeing that and how
locals interact with it has been incredibly
Divoky often gives back to the com-munity,
and many of her exhibitions and
events include a benefit component.
Recently, she exhibited “In Memorium:
500 Bees” for a solo exhibition at Bottega
in downtown Wilmington. The event raised
awareness and funds for the Pollinator
Partnership, a nonprofit devoted to the
protection of vital bee populations. She
created 500 individual bee magnets,
designed in her uniquely intricate and
colorful style, with fragile blue wings that
recalled stained glass.
Through her work, viewers gain access
to an imaginative, inquisitive, and energetic
mind. Her pieces provide never-ending
detail and compelling historiography,
and each richly detailed image bears
witness to the artist’s vitality, intelligence