medium /// mixed media




kim largey

Colorful explosions of paint/ink, and totally controlled graphite living in perfect harmony. Sigh. This is the beautifully composed mixed media work of American artist Kim Largey … she also does some really cool abstract sculpture, but for me, it was all about those very orderly fences holding back that clearly out of control paint. Love.





liesl pfeffer

I wrote about Brooklyn based, Australian artist Liesl Pfeffer YEARS ago. I featured her series of mountain collages, but when I saw this new work, titled “Garden Study”, I knew it was time to write again! I’m seeing cactus and succulents in a lot of work at the moment, but I haven’t come across any others that made out of lakes and skies… sigh… I would love to spend an afternoon in this garden.





jealous curator collection on sebastian foster

I am incredibly proud of this collection. These are the four pieces that I curated for the Jealous Curator Collection on Sebastian Foster this year! Sigh. So many gorgeous pieces… AND, I have to say, these are the nicest group of artists {ps. isn’t it kind of amazing/funny how all of their bio photos match perfectly with their work!?} They’ve been a dream to work with, and I’m so happy that I could share these pieces with you. Our goal was to bring you some very unique pieces, while keeping them very affordable… mission accomplished, yes? Anyway, I just wanted to remind you about them again. There are a few left in each edition… hopefully they’ll wind up under your Christmas tree this year!

no.1 Casey Roberts : Signed & Numbered Edition of 50 // 12″x12″ // $40
no.2 Rebecca Chaperon : Limited Edition of 66 // 8″x10″ // $25
no.3 Hsiao-Ron Cheng : Signed & Numbered Edition of 50 // 11″x14″ // $40
no.4 Brooks Salzwedel : Signed & Numbered Edition of 60 // 11″x14″ // $40





zin helena song


Bold, colorful, graphic paintings that literally pop off the wall! These are the painted wood pieces of New York based Korean artist Zin Helena Song… love! And speaking of love, scroll back up a tiny bit to see the two pieces that she’s added colored light to! Sigh. Stunning.

{via Design Milk … and there’s a great interview with her there too!}





lucy driscoll

Simple. Quiet. Gorgeous. This is the work of UK based collage artist Lucy Driscoll… also known as my partner in the Collage Scrap Exchange! I wrote about this fantastic project a few weeks ago. I signed up {along with just over 1000 other people!}, and was paired with a complete stranger from the UK named Lucy. Um, how thrilled was I when I googled her!? Not only did I have an amazing partner for this creative project, I also had today’s post! I’ll let you know what we both end up making… I just packed up an envelope full of weird stuff for her, and she’s doing the same for me. Oh, yes, this is gonna be FUN!





karen margolis


Yesterday I featured a molecular biologist turned painter… and today I give you mixed media on handmade Abaca paper by New York based artist Karen Margolis:

After receiving her BS in Psychology from Colorado State University, Margolis continued her research in Neural Psychology while studying portraiture at the Art Student’s League.  She furthered her studies in art at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.  During a Microscopy course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, through the New York Microscopical Society, Margolis was inspired to diverge from her investigations of figurative art to create work exploring the universality of macro/micro patterns.

Ah, yes. That explains it.





naomi vona





These are the original mixed media works of Naomi Vona. She’s an Italian artist living in Dublin, and I had the great pleasure of meeting her when I was there a few weeks ago. We had a few minutes to talk, and I asked her about these pieces. She buys vintage photographs from people all over the world… sometimes just one tiny photograph, sometimes a whole package… and then she gets to work! She draws, paints and collages right on top these little pieces of personal history. I’d be scared of “making a mistake”, but not Naomi! Her portfolio has hundreds of these creative interventions. The fancy masks are my favorite {can you tell?!}… they add even more mystery to these already mysterious images.





brooks salzwedel on sebastian foster

Oh. The work of LA based artist Brooks Salzwedel. I wrote about him a year ago, and you guys went crazy… rightly so! His work is layered, and magical, and oh so stunning. When I was putting together my list of “must-have” artists for the Jealous Curator Collection on Sebastian Foster, I just knew that I had to do something with Brooks! Luckily he said yes, and voila, the newest addition to the collection! It’s titled “Purple Blue Mountain”, and it is officially on my Christmas list. Let’s take a closer look at all of this layery-goodness {aka resin, graphite, tape, inkjet}, shall we?

Sigh. So, so good. I sure hope Santa heard that whole “Christmas list” thing.

Limited edition of 60 // 11″x14″ // Archival giclee prints on cotton rag paper // $40…
Visit my collection, and get one before they’re gone!





ping-pong: claire & agata

I love this so much. I have written about both of these artists before… Claire Softley from the UK, and Polish artist Agata Królak. They’ve never met, but their portfolios are strangely similar – I’ve had to do the occasional double-take when I find their work around the interweb… Claire? Agata? Claire! Oops, no, Agata! Well clearly they must have seen the same similarities because now, thanks to the internet, they’ve connected and started this project! They’ve titled the series PING-PONG, as it’s “a game of visual ping-pong, each image created in response to the previous image.” So, Claire makes a piece and sends it to Agata. Agata makes a new work inspired by Claire’s piece and sends it back to Claire… and so on. Um, how fun is that!? Have a look:


And it goes on from there! I so want to do this… I just have to find my online art doppelganger and I’ll be all set!

ps. If there are any galleries reading this, I’m quite sure these ladies would love a space to hang this series {hint hint}





collage scrap exchange!

The only thing better than a pile of weird images & random bits of pretty paper is gathering up those little scraps, popping them in an envelope, and mailing them to another artist that you’ve never met! Oh, this is so fun… I’m totally going to do it, and you should too! Sara from the illustration blog, Brown Paper Bag has teamed up with Papirmass to put on this very clever & creative art contest… here’s how it works:

1.  Sign up to participate in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange until November 15 (click Sign up to sign up!)

2. After Novem­ber 15, they’ll match up col­lage partners

3. You’ll pack­age your scraps and mail ‘em via snail mail to your partner (this is a world wide project!)

4. Once you receive your partner’s package, make a col­lage (or collages) using both of your scraps! Theme: New Landscapes

5. Turn in your fin­ished art­work before the Feb­ru­ary 15, 2015 deadline

You can win a prize package worth over $250! {$125 cash prize // 2 free subscriptions for Papir­mass // Get your work published in an issue of Papirmass}

So many fabulous people are participating, including one of my favorite collage artists, Anthony Zinonos, so sign up today… I just did {those are some of my scraps above!} Oh, and if you have any questions please email the organizers at info@papirmass.com to find out more. Thanks!