Enjoy this short, behind-the-scenes video of artist, Dimitra Skandali installing her seaweed-based work. On view in the exhibition NextNewCA through Sept 14, 2013.

Dimitra Skandali grew up on Paros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Its history and people are central to her work. “I carry my island with me everywhere. These themes of the past are reflected in my choice of materials and the ethereal, ephemeral forms I create; reminders of the sea, its openness and possibilities, but also its limitations.” For the ICA’s Cardinale Project Room, Skandali created an installation made entirely of seaweed. The title 6885 Miles represents the distance from Paros to the artist’s home in San Francisco.

Skandali was educated in Greece before moving to California and earning her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. She holds a Business Administration degree from Athens Polytechnic University, and a university degree in Painting from Athens School of Fine Arts. From 2008-2009, she was part of the Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program at Hogeschool voor der Kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her awards and honors include the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in New Genres, the ARTslant 2nd 2013 Showcase Winner, and The Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards. The artist lives and works in San Francisco.

Thumbnail image: David Pace, davidpacephotography.com

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