sarah rayner

Sarah Rayner is an Australian textile artist … who decided to give hand-carved porcelain a try. What!? Wow. Inspired by the local flora surrounding her in Queensland, Sarah now creates this lovely, delicate, NOT textile work. Gorgeous.

vero glezqui

Oh my word, I love everything about these circular, swirly, nature-filled beauties! This is the work of Mexican artist Vero Glezqui, and I’m going to let her explain what this series, titled “Nature Swirls Studies”, is all about:

“Nature Swirls Studies is a series that plays between notions of origins of life, the circle of life between mankind and its relation with nature, the natural movements of the Earth as well as the current events of climatization and its acceleration. It plays with imagery found in nature magazines re-contextualized creating different sorts of landscapes evoking the Earth’s natural course of movements and the rapidly changing of scenery due to climate change.”

Beautiful. Happy Monday.

kristina corre
Oh, so delicate, elegant, quiet … collages that inspire me to stop for a moment, simply to breathe. This is the work of Kristina Corre, a Filipina-Canadian artist based in Ottawa. Now, drop your shoulders, take a cleansing breath, and read her lovely artist statement on the idea of ‘space’:
“Lately I’ve been obsessing over what it means to take up space and also to give space. Compositionally my minimalist aesthetic is an opportunity to give collage elements room to breathe, to create a sense of depth and movement, and to give viewers’ minds room to wander. In the works from the Cat’s Cradle series, the use of translucent vellum enhances this sense of depth and space to create an illusion of chronological distance along with physical distance between the parts. In a process of constant refinement, working within a minimalist aesthetic pushes me to edit continuously, so that only the most potent elements and drivers of narratives are fixed to the page.. More philosophically, the notions of taking up space and giving space are fascinating things to unpack in this time of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission; diasporic art movements; projects to decolonize brown and black bodies and honour indigenous and ancestral knowledge and culture; self-care as acts of resistance; and a growing awareness towards a truly inclusive feminism. What does it mean to take up and give space as a woman, as a person of the Filipinx-diaspora, as someone influenced by the works and writings of artists of the African-diaspora, as an arrivant on unceded land, as an artist using my own quiet voice? My recent works are meditations on these questions.” 
Exhale. Happy Friday.

eliana marinari

Oh, the dreamy dreaminess. This is the work {acrylic, ink and spray paint on paper!} of Geneva based artist/scientist Eliana Marinari. Yes. I said scientist. Here’s her very inspiring story:

“Eliana began her training in Florence as a scientist, earning a degree in Biotechnology, while studying Art under the mentoring of Greta Villa and Donatella Sfogli, from Accademia of Florence. She continued her studies in London, where she obtained a PhD at University College London.

In 2013, she moved to Switzerland, where she continued her quest in bridging the gap between Art and Science. Her experimental work is the result of this research and combines new technologies with the more traditional oil painting techniques. In 2015, she received the prestigious Swiss National Fund Award for the development of an interdisciplinary project. She set up her studio at Foound, and created a community of artists with the aim of supporting and promoting female artists from French-speaking Switzerland.”


tracey meek

“Positive Role Models” … hahahahaha! Yep, I could get used to those kind of lovely observations when I roll out of bed each morning! This is the quirky {and affordable} work of UK based artist Tracey Meek. She creates everything from paintings to jewelry, but it was these gals and their supportive words that grabbed me by my fabulous hair and huge muscles 

ridley howard

Weird, floaty, soft, crisp… all at the same glorious time! This is the work of American painter Ridley Howard. If you want to find out what inspires him, how he works, and whether or not he likes sports, there’s a great interview with him on Hyperallergic from 2016… here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“For me, the paintings become stranger when they crystallize. There is something about the combination of distance and touch that happens. The immediate payoff of a more painterly painting is seductive. I often quickly block in a painting and think, “That looks pretty good.” Then I wrestle with it for a month. In the end I like it much better, because it has become weirder in sneaky ways.”

Weird in sneaky ways. YES! 

{found via Create Magazine’s Instagram feed}

smallditch {martha}

Oh my word… found fashion! These funny, beautiful, quick ‘n clever collages are the work of an artist named Martha, known as @smallditch on Instagram. That’s all I know for sure, and so I’ve decided to imagine the rest. Here we go … Martha heads out on her lunch break {because on one of her posts she said “this helps me get out of the office”}, carrying a little box of tiny, stiletto-clad legs in her bag. As she walks down the street to pick up coffee – and or lunch – Martha keeps a lookout for the perfect leaf, feather, or piece of trash. And she finds it. Every damn time. The end.

ps. If you are a fashion brand, please call her because how cool is this!? Also, they look fabulous when blown up to large-scale!

langdon graves

Oh, I love this so much. I have loved the drawings of Brooklyn based artist Langdon Graves for years, but I had never seen her installation work… until now! These images are from her May 2016 installation, titled “Spooky Action at a Distance” {Victori+Mo, Brooklyn}. I am completely smitten by Langdon’s color choices, her elegant style, and … wait for it… THIS subject matter:

“The drawings and sculptures featured in Spooky Action at a Distance take as their starting point scenes from first-hand accounts of ghost stories told by the artist’s grandmother, as illustrated by her childhood imagination and memory of them.  They speak in a blend of domestic fragments from her grandmother’s home, and imagery borrowed from a variety of traditions and rituals involving death and the afterlife, including the spiritualist practices of séance and spirit communication; funereal objects; and ancient symbols of death and rebirth. Building on Graves’ formal tendency to insert negative space throughout her subject matter, these images and objects are incomplete and removed from their context, and so approximate the inevitable clouding of memory; they offer stand-ins of the familiar and impressions rather than distinct representations.”

Grandmothers, ghosts AND art? Loooooove.

hinke schreuders

Embroidery on paper on linen… not to mention pearls, beads, and little yellow balls of fluff. This is the mixed media work of Amsterdam based artist Hinke Schreuders. I couldn’t find any information on why she does what she does, but I’m glad she does it. Lovely.

alex garant

Whoa. I’m confused and dizzy … exactly how one feels when falling madly in love! These glitchy oil paintings are the gorgeous work of Toronto based painter Alex Garant, and this is part of her bio:

“Internationally renown as the Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada. She decided to truly commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world.”

Um, what? Ok, I need to get her on the podcast. Twice.