Nydia Blas (’15) featured in Huffington Post
Photographer and Ithacan Nydia Blas (’15) was a featured artist in the Huffington Post on December 14, 2016. The interview highlights several of Blas’ striking photographs of women of color from her series “The Girls Who Spun Gold”.
Blas delicately weaves stories of circumstance, power, and magic. She uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. She is drawn to matters of sexuality and intimacy, working to create images that have the ability to be both esoteric and resonate with those on the periphery. Her work is an amalgamation of popular and sub-cultures, especially film and folklore, and undoubtedly lived experience. The result is an environment imbued with a sense of magical realism that is dependent upon the belief that alchemy takes place in the tangible world.
Nydia was born and raised in Ithaca, NY and holds a B.S. from Ithaca College and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. Her work has been exhibited at Syracuse University, Rogue Space in New York City, Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College and the George Washington Carver Museum, among others.