bobbie burgers

When writing about Vancouver based artist Bobbie Burgers, one must always include an image to show scale… wowza! I’ve written about Bobbie before, have had her on my podcast, and I’m currently writing about her in my new book! All that said, I just had to share some of her latest paintings. Mostly known for her yellow, red, and blue work, these black-ish pieces stopped me in my tracks. Bobbie is not solely interested in “florals”, she’s interested in “the process of decay, transformation, and metamorphosis”. Yep, some of the most beautiful decay, ever.

{Her work is available through Equinox Gallery in Vancouver}

sebastian brajkovic

Oh my word, so gorgeous! Chairs that have been stretched and pulled from furniture into art… that you can still sit on. This is the work of Amsterdam based artist/designer Sebastian Brajkovic. Where did this idea come from? I’ll let him tell you:

[His] interest in the rotation and skewing of an object originated from his childhood, when reel-to-reel tape decks and car wheels were such a source of overwhelming intrigue to the young Brajkovic that his parents wondered if he might be autistic (he was not).

Yep, I guess the heart wants what the heart wants… and for some, the heart wants hours of intriguing reel-to-reels ‘n wheels!

hayv kahraman

I am in absolute awe of everything Iraqi born, LA based artist Hayv Kahraman creates. The first piece above, for example, is titled “Strip Search”. Beautiful, powerful, personal, chill-inducing … all of it. These pieces are just a few of the works from her 2015-2016  “Audible Inaudible” series. Here are her words about this work:

“Audible Inaudible is a term keyed by ethnomusicologist Martin J Daughtry where the violent sounds of war become muted by its auditors as a mechanism for survival.

I have multiple memories that involve the terrifying sound of the air raid siren so I started the research in how to translate a sonic memory into object. This lead me to Martin’s a book titled “Listening to War, Sound, Music and Survival in Wartime Iraq” where he describes an interview with a mother shielding her children from the violent sounds of war by holding them tight and pressing her arms against their ears. Her body, her flesh then acted as a perfect, natural micro environment to protect her children. I wanted to mimic this concept of “flesh as defense” so I introduced pyramid acoustic foam in the paintings; a material that “detains” sound. I started surgically cutting my linen and pushing the foam through it from the back. As it was penetrating the surface I felt as if I was conducting an operation of resistance. These calculated cuts and wounds were enabling the painting to breathe. Inhaling and exhaling it was reacting, resisting, defending and accepting these sonic wounds.”



Terrifyingly beautiful! How have I just discovered the work of Ireland based, um, “ThreadStories”. Ok, so her real name is a bit of a mystery, which is probably the point. Anyone who specializes in making weird and wonderful knitted masks has to love a good secret. Now I just have to play matchmaker between her and Erik Mark Sandberg… THAT would be a gorgeous, creepy, mysterious, ah-mazing collaboration!

ps. all of her work is on her Instagram feed. Careful, you might lose track of time over there.

“no one ever wants ducks”

Who wants to come to ‘Walkyland’ with me today? Yes, I’m so thrilled to be talking to Swedish born, London based artist and illustrator Monika Forsberg! You can listen right under those lovely ducks, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, this link to “Mummy Needs Gin“, a hilarious animation she did for Channel 4 in England. So, so good! Also good… some of Monika’s pieces I wrote about a few years ago:

Yep, still love ’em!

Ok, we got right into it {well, after talking about dogs and stuff}. Here are just a few of the collaborations she’s done with some very big brands. No.1: Anthropology:

Oh, I love that swan pillow. Next collab… Monika’s patterns walking the runway for Australian brand, Gorman:

That would be surreal… to see your drawings walking down a runway?! Also surreal… getting a call from Valentino! Here are a few of the hearts she did for their Hong Kong store:

Not only was the turn-around time on that project insanely fast, she was also planning her youngest son’s birthday party over the same few days. And her oven was broken. Mummy needs gin, indeed.

These next whimsical pieces are just a handful of the gems she’s done for eeboo:

Ok, it’s official… I need one of those puzzles for the holidays this winter.

I love what Monika said about starting to make / share her patterns. If you want to get certain kinds of jobs that you aren’t getting, show that you can do it and hopefully the phone will start to ring! I’d call about these for sure:

Those horses. Come on! Next, the cover of the crayon book she illustrated … and wrote! The writing part came as a bit of surprise apparently ; )

Of course I had to include a few of the dinos we were talking about:

No quetzalcoatlus, but that’s cool. And finally, last but not least… DUCKS!

She was not kidding … she really does love drawing ducks. She said no one ever calls asking for ducks, but maybe they will now!

So, I always like to end a podcast post with a photo of the artist, but Monika is not a fan of selfies. I’m kinda glad because it forced me to dig until I found this:

Ah! Little Monika in Northern Sweden, moments after “knitting a worm”. LOVE! Thank you so so so much to Monika for putting her phone anxiety aside for an hour so we could hear her inspiring story; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode; and of course thank you so much for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Monika on Instagram
  2. Hollie Chastain episode
  3. Mummy Needs Gin animation – for Channel 4
  4. Kate Woodrow, Literary Agent
  5. Barbapapa!


victoria villasana

… but wait, there’s more! Embroidery work in the street? Oh YES!

Gorgeous. This is the embroidery infused work of Mexican artist Victoria Villasana. If you recognize her name it’s probably because she was a prolific street artist for a decade in London, known for “her rebellious femininity and cross-cultural imagery.” Embroidery on the street and in the gallery? Yes, yes, a thousand times YES. Colorful, powerful, and beautifully executed.

{via Patternbank}

adrian landon brooks

Move over canvas, these chunks of wood want a turn! This is the cosmic, clean-lined, bird-filled work of Texas based painter Adrian Landon Brooks. Ok, he works on paper and panels too, but these pieces of wood are so inspiring! They help shape the landscape and I’m quite sure they must play a role in deciding on Adrian’s compositions. Here are his words about why he does what he does:

“My primary intention is to show universal themes of love, loss and redemption – subjects that transcend race or creed; worlds too far away to resemble any one place; and sacred rituals that could be part of any culture.”

{found via Andenken Gallery}

faig ahmed

Yes, those are carpets melting and pouring onto the floor. This is the mind-bending work of Azerbaijan born artist Faig Ahmed. I wrote about him five years ago, which was clearly way too long ago! He continues to beautifully blur the line between art and craft, which happens to be one of my favorite lines to blur. All of  the pieces shown here are part of his “Liquid” series… obviously.

renée gouin

Oh my monotype! These gorgeous monotypes on paper are the work of Vancouver based artist Renée Gouin. I can’t decide which I love more … her gorgeous dusty/pastel palette or the way she crops her subjects. Um, hm… TIE! Here are her words about this fashion inspired series:

“I’m inspired by an array of aesthetics including the spare flatness of Japanese woodblock prints and the reductive visual vocabulary of Morandi. My most recent work is influenced by the color palettes and ambiguous spacial effects found in fashion photography. By emphasizing these flat abstract forms, I embrace the playful antics of cubism. I make monotype prints that strive to celebrate women’s relationship with clothes. My interest is to bring an awareness to the daily ritual of dressing and accessorizing, while pursuing my delight in form and color.”

{via Miss Moss}

genevieve dionne

Oh, HELLO! ‘Ceramic drawings’ by Canadian artist Genevieve Dionne. I’ve written about her before {fyi, this woman can make anything}, but this work is relatively new for her. I’ve been following along on Instagram so I can see what she’s gonna put in the kiln next! It’s truly a peek into her art practice because Genevieve shows the good, the bad, and the broken … poor little brassiere. Follow her.  {Also, how clever is this video of Genevieve in action?}