Bugs!

Well, hi there stranger. It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Trying to balance this whole family-baby-work-fun-life thing.

But it’s spring, and things are alive outside! Trees blooming. Storms raging. Bugs buzzing. Thought I’d post a few interesting bug-inspired pieces for you to admire!


You’ve probably seen her work before, but Kari Herer takes gorgeous photographs of botanicals. Here, she combines insect illustration with flowers in such a beautiful way. Find her work on etsy, here.

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Edouard Martinet turns found objects into incredible mechanical insects. “Wasp” below uses objects such as bike headlights, typewriter bells, and boot steel tips.

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Ingrid Dijkers is an artist and art journal maker. Very creative and fun work. Her website has some video tutorials, and she also leads workshops around the country.

butterfly - Ingrid Dijkers - love the way the butterfly wings are added as pages in this mini album!


Drooling over Laura Zindel‘s nature-inspired designs. Illustrations of the natural world translated onto ceramics, textiles, and jewelry. Just lovely.

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Fine Art Friday – Installations

An art installation usually involves many parts that are intended to be viewed as one singular work of art. They are often site-specific work, created for a particular space, and are typically large scale.

They trigger more of your senses than, say, a painting on a wall. They envelope you, transform the space you’re in. Make you feel like you’re not just a viewer, but part of the work itself.

Here are a few art installations I wish I could see in person.


First, just for the first day of Spring. origami butterflies flying above a clean white space. So peaceful.  “Dream Colourfully” by designer Adrian Koh for Dream Interiors x Elixr.  From Fun of Art.

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Gabriel Dawe‘s work has been on my radar for a while. I was excited to see Apartment Therapy highlight it recently in a post, 9 Eerily Beautiful String Art Installations.  From his bio, “Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms.”

 

From Pakistani artist Anila Quayyum Agha, ‘Intersections’ consists of laser-cut wood, a single light bulb, and a 6.5′ square cube.  It uses light and shadow to create geometric shapes reminiscent of a “pattern in the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture, and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and coexisted in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference”.

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Baptiste Debombourg’s site-specific installation uses two tons of broken glass to “flood” the Abbey Brauweiler, a former Benedictine monastery in Germany.  The artist’s site only describes the piece with a quote from R. Martin Gard (French author and winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature) :  “The mind is everything. The material is the servant of spiritual”.  Found at My Modern Met.

 

And finally, Janet Echelman’s work – wow.

From her website: “Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.”

Below, “The work is designed to be an ephemeral, floating form above Marina Bay, where the lines between sky, sculpture, and water become blurred.”

Yep.

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Fine Art Friday – Ceramics

Happy Friday!

Today I’d like to highlight a few ceramicists that have caught my eye lately.  One day, I’ll write more about how fascinating this medium can be. But for today, enjoy:


I keep seeing Beth Cavener Stichter’s work popping up around the internet, and for good reason. Her large scale anthropomorphic pieces are at technically masterful, beautiful and visceral. From her artist statement: “I want to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human. The figures are feral and uneasy, expressing frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding. Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures are engaged with the subjects of fear, apathy, violence and powerlessness.”

 

The precision of Matthew Chambers‘ pieces is astounding. The rhythmic concentric layers of clay remind me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Whatever it is, it keeps drawing me in and I can’t stop looking at them.

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Katherine Morling‘s lifesize “3 dimensional drawings, in the medium of ceramics” is a whimsical sketchbook come to life.  Spotted at The Jealous Curator.

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Yep, this is ceramic. Reminiscent of one of my favorite pop artists, Jeff Koons, Brett Kern creates these totally fun pieces cast from inflatable dinosaurs, astronauts, whoopie cushions, and other awesome items. Found at bfree pottery.

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