Nightmare in Wonderland

Posted in art, exhibits with tags , on March 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s just take a moment to absorb the greatness of the title alone: Nightmare in Wonderland. This project is a an artistic tribute to Tim Burton that takes place in four outstanding group art shows.

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Part 0 is available for online viewing (currently showing at Rotofugi).

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The series is curated by Ixie Darkonn and my amazing Art Twin, Jo David (of MIROIR Magazine).

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I’m incredibly impressed by the first show. They’ve already managed to gather a highly commendable roster of Pop Surrealism’s greatest artists. Never have greyscale paintings looked so alive!
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I can’t take my eyes off these paintings and will be eagerly keeping up with the next installments.
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Follow the project HERE!

Nina Pak

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on February 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Many, many moons ago I drafted a post about one of my all time favorite photographers, Nina Pak, and it somehow got lost in the drafts (which happens occasionally because I consume roughly 9,000 times more art than I can post here, and some drafts have been in limbo for years). So here is an updated peek into Nina’s gorgeous, fantastical world.

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When I read her artist statement, I was blown away; before me was a kindred spirit who relishes symbolism, mythology and celebrates uniqueness as much as I do.

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In her own words:
I have always been drawn to symbolic imagery, from ancient orthodox Icons to Tibetian Tankas, art that tells a story of the soul’s journey is of interest to me. Painters that have worked with symbolic elements such as the Pre-Raphaelites who’s paintings often depict mythological stories, and surrealists who delve deeper into psychological meaning, are what I study.

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I have a lifelong love affair with these paintings, which are not only objects of beauty but also have a message. I find that I am drawn to reflections and shadows, mirrored images, textures and delicate details, anything that has potential for a story. Small objects from nature, little antique treasures, costumes that speak for themselves, something unique and wonderful. I like different.

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What an honor it would be to get photographed by an artist of this caliber. The costumes, hair, makeup and settings produce windows into strange worlds that reach beyond mere beauty into the realm of story and soul.
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She has an extensive online portfolio. Though I devoured all sections, I thought the Post Edit page was a wonderful feature, as we so rarely get to see the evolution of a finished product on display. Go have a look!

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Davide De Agostini

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on February 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A while back, I went right-click crazy and saved a giant folder of
images by Davide De Agostini. His work can be unsettling to look at in some cases, but is nonetheless utterly compelling.

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I poured through these beautiful, macabre images and admired his ability to fuse warm aesthetics with chilling, haunted faces and bones.

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I’m reminded of Stephen Gammell pieces, brought to life with color.
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Oh Lordy, I’ve been here…
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Light Figurine

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on February 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Light Figurine caught my eye with stunning phoenix sculptures. The blue phoenix appears floating in flight.

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How gorgeous are these grand fire birds?
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But if you want something completely different…how about a snake in a purple hat?
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Or a snake in a straw hat? Until now, I’d never given much thought to the potential existence of chapeau shops for snakes. But the natural world is full of surprises, isn’t it?
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This one is simply called CAT SCIENTIST.
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Bailey Henderson

Posted in sculpture, sea, vintage with tags , , on February 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Toronto based illustrator and sculptor Bailey Henderson works in a variety of mediums; oil paint, bronze, resin casting.

I’m partial to her Monstrorum Marines series, which recreates the images of mythological sea beasties depicted on Medieval maps.
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Her detail is as fine as the pen and brush strokes on those antiquated documents. Gorgeous.
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Her bronze castings are nice done as well.
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Calisto Jewelry

Posted in craft, jewelry with tags , on February 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Calisto Jewelry has a touching little story behind it, told by the daughter of the creator.

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About a year ago, my father (45) came to me and showed me a piece of jewelry he made out of scrap metal. The jewelry junkie inside me felt like my world had just turned upside down.

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I was full of surprise, admiration and love for my father who just lost his job but still remained a creative person that never stopped using his hands to bring some beauty and magic to the world.

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From that day on we’ve been designing different types of pendants, earrings and bracelets, all inspired by mythology, ancient cultures, Indian tribes, Celtic symbols, etc. My father is a real modern polymath: he draws beautifully with both hands, carves sculptures out of wood, used to be a tattoo artist for a while and now, he makes beautiful jewelry.

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There are some really stunning pieces in his collection, all of which are one of a kind (never duplicated), and he takes requests!

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Sarah Sheil

Posted in art with tags on February 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Sarah Sheil’s artwork has me mesmerized. Here is a detail from my favorite piece:

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She creates dark, mystical images that glow and swirl with light and shadow. We see shades of iconic figures…life and death.
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Her subjects seem poised between the earth realm and the cosmos (or the underworld).
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Magic is afoot, indeed.
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