A gallery of ceramic sculpture. It’s rare to feel as if an animal can possess you — inhabit your body, mind and spirit as if it were a new lover exploring all your real and artificial selves. Dress your dogs and cats with as many sweater vests, booties and hats as you want; they’ll never come close to the hybrid human qualities that seductively inhabit the work of Beth Cavener Stichter. This might be, in part, because she views her stone sculptures as portraits — of people she has met briefly in passing or good friends or family. She doubles the uncanny moment by acknowledging that these creatures are self-portraits as well, since the very act of interpreting another’s actions, facial expressions, and intentions says — and betrays — much more about our own fears and desires than the other person. We rarely acknowledge or intellectually wrestle with this flash-fiction judgment that we impose onto friends and strangers alike.
this is amazing!
Using the streets of New York as his canvas, American artist Sadi Tekin has created a delightfully awesome series of photos, entitled Mr. Chick Pea And Friends, depicting the adventures of tiny characters whose heads are painted chickpeas.
Visit Design Taxi to view more photos from this charming whimsical series.
Japanese-born artist Sayaka Ganz creates sculptures out of discarded plastics found in thrift stores, converting these unwanted materials into graceful imitations of natural beauty. For her Running series, Ganz created life-like horses in mid-gallop. “Japanese Shinto beliefs are such that all objects and organisms have spirits, and I was taught in kindergarten that objects that are discarded before their time weep at night inside the trash bin. This became a vivid image in my mind,” Ganz explained her interest in recycled materials. She collects multitudes of plastic objects, organizing them in dozens of color-sorted bins in her basement. She then decides what to make when she has enough of one color, referencing photographs of her chosen species to convey its distinct movements and characteristics. Take a look at some photos of her work below as well as a video of her process, images courtesy of Sayaka Ganz.
Persephone by Kate MacDowell
As someone who lives with mental illness, this hits me like a ton of bricks. Proserpina helped me come to terms with my mental illness at its worst. It’s a dark place, but it’s not all bad. It’s a place I have to go sometimes. And it can be terrible. But it’s a part of me. And there’s always a Spring after the Winter, always a dawn after the darkness.
I like the OP’s perspective and Kate MacDowell is an amazing artist.
See her portfolio here.
Berlin-based artist Matthew Davis creates these surreal images by using his brush to slowly drip oil paints into small pools. After each color dries over a period of several days a new layer is added resulting in a dense, multi-dimensional surface. The understanding and control of color that goes into this is incredible.
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