medium /// sculpture

natalie baxter


YES. All of us should carry a gun at all times… as long as it’s the work of Brooklyn based artist Natalie Baxter! All of these beauties {and there are many more where these came from}, are part of Natalie’s series titled “Warm Gun”. Sigh. I would feel so much safer/cozier if I had this next to my bed… or in my bed. Beautiful. Smart. Poignant. Happy weekend.

{via Uprise Art … ps. some of her warm guns are available there.}

rowan mersh


Crazy beautiful and oh so detailed… what is it? I have no idea. This is the work of London based artist Rowan Mersh, and this is what his site says:

His diverse and experimental approach to creation is epitomized by his ability to take very ordinary materials and transform them into the extraordinary.

Yep! Well whatever all of those bits and pieces are {shells? straws? sequins?}, they’re unbelievably gorgeous in their perfect, organic compositions.

rebecca rutstein


Wow. This is the work of Philadelphia based artist Rebecca Rutstein. She describes her work as “exploring geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by science and scientific data.” Now this is my kind of scientific data! Gorgeous.

ps. I want to sit down in the middle of those metal clouds. Happy Monday.

*Images Courtesy of the Artist and Bridgette Mayer Gallery

ry rocklen


I need this wardrobe. Sure, this might just look like a bunch of simple sweaters, jeans, and one very patriotic shirt… until you find out that they’re porcelain! But wait, there’s more. If you want to add a bit of pizazz to your look… copper and nickel plating your hats and shirts is the way to go. Gah! I love this series by LA based artist Ry Rocklen so very much.

james maxwell


Whoa, whoa, whoa… wait. I thought these were perfect key line drawings. They are… except that instead of pencil lines, they’re iron rods. Perfect iron rods welded into line drawings! This is the work of Toronto based artist, designer, and teacher James Maxwell. If you’d like to see these beauties in person, James has a show on now through the end of September at the Elaine Fleck Gallery {1351 Queen St. West,  Toronto}. Metal?!

zemer peled


Wow. Ceramic shards transformed into beautifully bizarre {very sharp} botanicals. I’ve written about Israeli artist Zemer Peled‘s gorgeous work before, but I just had to post about her current solo exhibition, titled “Nomad”. The up-close photos of Zemer’s pieces are gorgeous, but understanding their scale within a space makes them even more crazy amazing. These installation shots are from Mark Moore Gallery in LA where this work will be on display from now until November 5th, 2016. Go… but don’t touch anything. It’s sharp!

“don’t discount small opportunities”


So, my plan had been to title this episode, “Reimagining Natural History”, which is the way Melbourne based artist Kate Rohde describes her work {as you can see from that fantastical blue display case up there} … but we just had so many great bits of conversation around the idea of just ‘saying yes and figuring it out later’ that I just had to kick things off with that thought! I wrote about Kate a few weeks ago, but last week’s guest, Sandra Eterovic, told me I had to reach out to Kate. So I did. And she said YES. Now, she’s not alone on this call. Her four month old baby boy was along for the ride! So sweet. You can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Let’s start off with a few of my candy-colored favorites from my recent post about Kate:


Yes! Remember those? So good.

Next, here’s an installation, titled “Chateau Fatale” from 2005 that truly does “reimagine natural history”. I would happily spend the day in this super weird museum:


Fantastic! {Photos by Harry Fatouros}. Now, speaking of fantastic, I quickly mentioned Kate’s pieces under glass … mainly so that I had an excuse to put these images in the post:


That is a whole lot of colorful craziness… very different than the “brown and green” Australian landscape that Kate grew up in.

Up next, an insane collaboration with Australian fashion label Romance Was Born. They created custom textiles using collaged images of Kate’s work, and she made bizarrely beautiful resin accessories {yes, including horns}. This collection is called “Renaissance Dinosaur”, which might be the best name I’ve ever heard in my entire life:


Oh. My word. It’s like a crazy dream that I wish I could have every night. This project led Kate to making more jewelry… candy-hued, translucent, chunky jewelry that I would have a really hard time not licking:


Sigh. Stunning. ps. You can find Kate’s jewelry at Pieces of Eight, which also happens to be where I found these images.

One of my favorite bits of this episode was when we talked about lulls. Oh, lulls. You’d think they’d be a nice time to rest and recharge, but because we can’t predict the future lulls can feel more like THE END. Good news… they’re not. Not as long as you keep making stuff. During Kate’s lull she made vases. They don’t look like a lull to me! Now, we didn’t actually talk about this collaboration, but it’s just so beautiful I had to include it:


Now THAT is how you show off vases! Kate collaborated on this shoot with Melanie Stapleton from a floral studio in Melbourne called Cecilia Fox {that’s Melanie on the left, and Kate getting things just so on the right}. GORGEOUS! 

And finally, Kate in her home studio. She lives upstairs and works downstairs:


Love it… and of course, I love that chunky bracelet! Thank you to Kate for taking time to do this with us, and HUGE thanks to Tristan for letting me distract his mama for almost an hour. He did so well  ♥ Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and thanks to for making my new book into an audio book! To preorder a copy for FREE {or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: Finally, and as always, THANK YOU for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Sandra Eterovic episode
  2. Kate’s work on SaatchiArt
  3. National Gallery of Victoria
  4. Romance Was Born Collab.
  5. Kate’s upcoming show, “Luminous Realms” at Craft Gallery, Dec 9 – Feb 2017
  6. Kate in her studio: Photo by Tobias Titz


sigalit landau


Gasp! A modest black dress transformed into a magical, crystal-covered wedding dress all thanks to a three month submersion in the Dead Sea. “Salt Bride” is the work of Tel Aviv based artist Sigalit Landau, in collaboration with her partner Yotam From. There are so many poetic elements to this work, the first being Sigalit’s connection to this water. She grew up going on family holidays to this sea and knows it well {*fyi, this dress is not the first thing she has turned into a salty gem}. Secondly, her inspiration for this piece is beautiful too:

The traditional Hasidic garment shown in the photographs is a replica of the costume worn by the female character Leah in the canonical Yiddish play, The Dybbuk, as portrayed by legendary actress Hanna Rovina for forty years with the Habima Theatre, first in Russia and then Israel.

Written by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, The Dybbuk tells the story of a young bride possessed by an evil spirit and subsequently exorcised. In Landau’s Salt Bride series, Leah’s black garb is transformed underwater as salt crystals gradually adhere to the fabric. Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be. ~ Marlborough Gallery, London

Amazing, and perfectly executed. There are currently eight large-scale, underwater photographs of the “Salt Bride” being exhibited at Marlborough Gallery in London. They’ll be on display until September 17th, 2016.

* A few other salt-covered objects from Sigalit’s stunning portfolio:


That bike. Love.

serena garcia dalla venezia


Gasp! So many colors, and oh so many little balls of hand-sewn goodness hanging on the wall! This is the organic/organized work of Chilean artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezi. I can’t decide if I want to lie down on them, hang them on my wall, or eat them! Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go chew several flavors of bubblegum for breakfast.

{via Lisa Congdon on Pinterest}

tasha lewis


Pearl encrusted, underwater beauties… so lovely in a strange, magical, ghostly mermaid kind of way. All of these haunting hand-sewn sculptures are from a series, titled “Full Fathom Five”, by New Jersey based artist Tasha Lewis. Here are her words about this project:

“With these works, I imagine the decay or “sea change” described by Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

In these portraits, time on the ocean floor has replaced their eyes with pearls and thread and they are everywhere encrusted with beads.”

Sigh. Happy Monday.