medium /// photography




“lands of wool and cake”

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The first time I saw this Iceland-inspired work, I gasped out loud… and then I gasped again when I realized these stunning landscapes were created using Icelandic wool, chocolate cake, and blue milk! Yep, Canadian-Hungarian artist Eszter Burghardt creates magic from everyday items. You can listen right up there under that wooly lagoon, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

The first series we talked about features these wooly wonders, titled “Wooly Sagas”

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That moss! That little chunk of blue ice! A wooly volcano!?

Ok, I cannot wait to show you a few of her pieces from the “Edible Vistas” series! Cake, coffee, poppy seeds, crumbled cookies… and yes, blue milk:

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What!? Oh my goodness, I never get tired of staring at these. And also, I want chocolate cake now.

There was a bit of talk about imaginary friends who happened to be wolves, and the wooly wolf costume she made her husband wear for her project titled “In Sheep’s Clothing”:

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Wow. That mouth is amazing.

Ahh, and one of Eszter’s latest series, “Tales for Tuktu”, the story of a tapir that tries to move north, but isn’t exactly welcomed by the locals:

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So moving, and so much bigger than I realized! I included that last photo of Eszter in action so you could see the scale. Gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, Eszter in her happy place:

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Sigh. Yes, I can understand why she is so completely inspired by Iceland and all of its natural magic {these images, and many more beauties, can be found on her lovely instagram feed}.

Thank you so much to Eszter for taking the time out of her very busy day (she’s the mother of twin 3 year old boys!); thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now – and of course, thank YOU so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.





sarah meyohas

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Flowers caught in mirrors that seem to go on forever, creating dark, bloom-filled tunnels that I really want to explore. This is the work of French-American artist Sarah Meyohas, and all of these images are part of her series titled Speculations. I can’t find her artist statement for this work, so Sarah, if you read this please let us in on the magic.





amanda clyne

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Oh, I just got chills… beautiful, and oh so very ghostly! This is the work of Toronto based artist Amanda Clyne. She refers to this series as “erased photographs”. Amanda works with oil paint as well, but these pastel ladies have been “painted” in an entirely different way.

“It begins with a photograph. The photograph is printed on a paper to which the ink will not adhere, creating a wet, inky surface that I can move around with a brush. Painting the photograph ultimately leads to the ink’s removal, leaving only a residue of the painterly process. The stained and scarred paper is then scanned, photographing the remaining trace of the original image’s painterly obliteration.”

Gorgeous. Happy Friday.





reine paradis

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Storyboards for a beautiful, and slightly insane, movie? They very well could be! This series, titled “Jungle”, is the surreal, vibrant, and beautifully composed work of LA based French artist Reine Paradis:

“Each scene is imagined and pre conceptualized before shooting in real locations. All the objects are meticulously designed and placed within the scene, along with Paradis herself as the central figure.”

Aha! I wondered how she got that lady in red to do all of those crazy things. Hm, I wonder what’s going to happen in the sequel.





leonie barton

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Ok, I may have gotten a little out of control with this post… but I dare you to visit the site and/or Instagram feed of Australia based artist Leonie Barton and NOT get completely lost in her work. I’ve been following this daily series for quite a while and thought that the last day of August might just be the perfect time to write about these nature-inspired beauties. Can you imagine strolling along the beach to find one of these? Sticks, shells, bits of plastic, rusty bottle caps – turned from beach debris into beautifully composed art pieces. Here are Leonie’s words about this body of work:

“The current ephemeral works and sculpture in the galleries are a continuation and a variation on, a years long daily discipline of creating an artwork regardless of circumstance, weather or location and using only materials from the ground, found in the moment… left behind for others to experience.”

Gorgeous. See you in September.

{Any work on her site can be ordered as a print. Just reach out to her at: leonie@leoniebarton.com}





frances berry

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It’s very rare for me to write about digital work, but boy oh boy, I do love the way this lady stretches a pixel! I wrote about American artist Frances Berry in 2013. I just discovered her most recent series, titled “Lines We Live By”, and had to write a new post immediately! Everyday vintage scenes in candy colored goodness stretched with modern techniques. Loooooove.





alexis hagestad

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Ok, I’m suddenly in the mood to go thrift shopping… or maybe I’ll just move in with these people! All of these images are from a series, titled “The Heart of Longing”, by American photographer Alexis Hagestad. She just graduated this past spring from Savannah College of Art and Design… I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for her.





ward roberts

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Lonely, pastel places … all of which look like perfect locations for Wes Anderson to shoot a fabulous tennis, and or basketball, film! This is the work of New York based photographer Ward Roberts. How does he find all of these ice cream colored courts? And will he take me with him? *All of these courts are in Hong Kong, except one that’s in New York. Any guesses?

{Some of his work is available via Uprise Art}





fabienne rivory

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Sigh. These ethereal landscapes are the work of French artist Fabienne Rivory, and part of a series titled Croisées. This isn’t new to Fabienne though… in 2007, she began “exploring interactions between photography and painting. The meeting of these two media allows [her] to create images that are not a faithful reproduction of reality, but retain in them a trace of reality to which is added an interpretation, a subjective layer.” Beautiful.

{Fabienne’s work is available here}





jeff topham

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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks… oh look, here’s one now! These stunning photographs, taken in both the Arctic and Antartica, are the work of Vancouver based photographer Jeff Topham. I wrote about him in 2010, when he and his brother {and their cameras} went to Africa to recreate photographs their father had taken when they lived in Liberia during the 1970s. Anyway, all that to say Jeff obviously comes from a very creative family and when I saw the icy/magical results of his latest adventures, well, here we are again! Now, just to be clear his portfolio is not all icebergs {although those are some of my faves as you can tell} – there are also a lot of urban gems like this beauty:

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Sigh. Yes. I hope so. {Text installation in Vancouver by Martin Creed, 2008}

* Jeff has just recently started selling prints, and at the moment they’re only $100 CAD… so get over there right now!