the work of elise ansel is complex and beautiful, light in touch and heavy in meaning. we've all seen artists re-interpret old pieces of art and move them to abstraction, but these struck a special chord with me. the people become almost ghost-like, like some sort of memory. it feels kind of sad for some reason, but really beautiful.
from the artist:
"My paintings are about re-creating, re-visioning, and re-presenting paintings that were created at a time when women were seen as objects... My paintings begin with a specific pictorial point of departure but then move towards abstraction as the representational content is balanced by focus upon color, composition and the materiality of the paint... The real subject becomes the substance and surface of oil paint, the variety of its applications, and the ways in which it can be used to celebrate life."
i really loved going through this collection from viktor & rolf for spring-summer 2016. we have all seen work inspired by cubist picasso a million times, but this one felt kind of different and fresh to me. i love the progression of the pieces and that the starting point is a little white dress. each piece stretches the reference a bit further, making the models less and less visible and increasingly more of a vehicle for these moving sculptures they've created.
the other interesting thing is that cubism is inherently not about "pretty." it's about asymmetry (which the eye often finds confusing AKA ugly) and disrupting the peace by breaking up the pieces and throwing them around. the cool thing about this interpretation, however, is that it feels light and really beautiful.
holy exacto knife. meet artist - and, i think, scientist at heart - rogan brown.
brown takes inspiration from biology and creates beautiful representations of the intricate and incredible patterns and prints that happen organically in nature. also, this is all made out of paper. completely incredible.
from rogan: "My work plays with the architecture of nature and organic growth. By identifying patterns and motifs that occur in the natural world in different contexts and at different scales, both macroscopic and microscopic, I have developed a formal, aesthetic vocabulary that I use to construct hybrid sculptural forms, half real, half surreal."
say hello to spanish painter andrea castro. precise and beautiful while also being full of texture and a little messiness. and i really love her color palettes. i usually show a few pieces but today i thought i'd share just my most favorite. isn't she pretty?
mmm. so pretty. gorgeous clay wall sculptures from california-based artist angela schwer. and a big plus? you can get a little piece for yourself on her easy shop, link below.
i love these. soft, sensual figures with vivid and bold brushstrokes from french artist fanny nushka moreaux.
i love the angles, the play on perspective, how blurry yet specific the figures are. also, they're so GLAM.
a beautiful series from american artist jessica brilli. she took a collection of images found at yard sales and in family basements, and created colorful, textured, painted interpretations.
i love that these feel vintage in subject, but very contemporary in style.
i love this series i shared a few months back called like knows like. the latest video - about beth cavener - is out and it's a beauty.
"Cavener wants to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human. Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures express frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding."
paper art is really becoming a thing over here. and here is yet another truly amazing study in paper art.
say hello to canadian paper master, myriam dion.
these are newspapers. made into lace. holy moly.
holy moly. take a piece of white paper, an x-acto knife, tweezers and a WHOLE lot of talents and here you go. korean artist too hyun has created a truly unbelievable series of hyperrealistic portraits of famous icons. take a look at a few of her amazing pieces below.
it's monday, i'm in love.
fuchsia. bugs. ornate walls. american artist jennifer angus has my heart.
and guess what, DC friends? this beauty will be coming to the smithsonian in november. let the countdown begin.
images from designboom, photographed by rob blunt.
via the jealous curator
i am usually not super attracted to muted palettes and pastel vibes, but this series caught my eye. take a look at the work of finland-based artist silja selonen. her work combines art and science in a pretty cool way.
from silja: "when studying in art-academy I did my written thesis about art and science, and this theme follows me. to me, those beautiful mathematical shapes represent the invisible world – time, energy, matter, gravity – but also emotions and awareness."
love that. and this.