medium /// photography




“a fearless act”

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An Italian artist in London, who I met at a Belgian pub in Ireland… and I’m calling her from Canada. Yeah. Naomi Vona creates whimsical, wonderful work using found photos, stickers, tape, paint … a lot of which is neon. See? Right up my alley! You can listen under that lovely lady surrounded in tape {which I happen to own!}, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, images covered in pattern:

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Obviously it wasn’t a shock to find out that as a kid she covered all of her books and binders with dots and lines and pattern! How fantastic is it that she still does that!?

Next, there was a lot of talk about dots and tape, and for good reason:

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Gah! I love them all! Now, one of the main reasons I love doing this podcast – getting all of the behind the scenes info, and images. Here is the piece just above, in progress on her cutting mat {along with a few piles of found images}:

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They are all so precious … which is why I admire her even more for taking on this “fearless act” again and again and again!

Ok. Her masks! I am sooooo happy I asked her, ‘why all the masks?’:

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Delicate, mysterious, beautiful. Speaking of which:

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There she is! Naomi in her very own paper mask. Dreamy. Thank you so much to Naomi for chatting with me; Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; and as always, thank you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

ps. Tokyo galleries… scoop her! Amazing art for your gallery, and her dream comes true – win win!

Other links:

  1. Naomi’s Etsy Shop
  2. Naomi on Saatchi Art
  3. Naomi on Instagram

 





patty carroll

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Fake birds camouflaging themselves perfectly in a sea of vintage wallpaper. Gorgeous, and very cleverly titled…  “Flora and Fauxna“. So good. This is the latest series by American artist, and photography professor, Patty Carroll. Here is part of her statement about this work:

“Since the 1900’s “bird” has been used as slang to refer to women, often materially obsessed yet physically beautiful women … In their natural habitat, birds camouflage themselves in their tree homes, they sing, but remain invisible as they go about their business of feeding, fending off predators and teaching their young. Their camouflage is survival. In these still-life photographs, colorful fabric, artificial flowers and other household baubles create a sumptuous, patterned, and ornate world. This world mirrors the home life of birds in nature while symbolizing the nesting instincts of women whose homes are a sanctuary of pride and obsession.”

Happy Friday.





miranda crooks

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Oh. My. If I could figure out how to plant a double exposure garden, I would totally do it. These beautiful botanical photographs are the work of South Africa based artist Miranda Crooks. Her portfolio has all sorts of work in it, including these wonderfully weird watercolors of – you guessed it – plants, but it was this series of double exposure plant life that took my breath away.





amy friend

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I can almost hear the sleigh bells in these dreamy winter scenes… oh, Dare Alla Luce, the absolutely magical ongoing series by Canadian artist/photographer Amy Friend. I’ve written about her several times, but I just had to post these twinkly winter pieces leading up to the holidays. In case you haven’t seen my previous posts about this series, here are Amy’s words about this light-filled work:

Through hand-manipulated interventions I alter and subsequently re-photograph the images “re-making” photographs that oscillate between what is present and absent. I aim to comment on the fragile quality of the photographic object but also on the fragility of our lives, our history. All are lost so easily. By employing the tools of photography, I “re-use” light, allowing it to shine through the holes. In a playful and yet, literal manner, I return the subjects of the photographs back to the light, while simultaneously bringing them forward. I play with the light and use it metaphorically allowing for new readings, sometimes through heavy-handed applications and at other times delicately. The images are permanently altered; they are lost and reborn, hence the title, Dare alla Luce, an Italian term meaning, “to bring to the light” in reference to birth.





sinziana velicescu

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“On The Periphery” … tiny bits of everyday life that you might miss, unless you’re Los Angeles based photographer Sinziana Velicescu. Gorgeous compositions, dreamy color palettes, and sun-drenched slices of life in LA. Love.





“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}