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Henry Schreiber

Posted in art with tags on April 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Henry Schreiber has a marmot obsession. These fuzzy inhabitants of mountainous terrain take on many different roles in Shreiber’s work.

Terminator marmot! (Two words I never thought I’d say together)


I rather love the fact that he sticks with one beloved creature in a variety of forms, ranging from deadly to regal. Marmots have been drastically underrepresented in the art world.

What marmot would YOU want to see if you made a request?


Henry Schreiber

Meredith Dittmar

Posted in art, craft, sculpture with tags , , on April 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Meredith Dittmar creates amazing 3-dimensional sculptures, showing oddly mechanized creatures and interwoven nature themes.

A couple of them, like this one below, remind me of ancient alchemical art.

Click images to enlarge.


From the artist bio:
Dittmar’s human-animal-plant-energy amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness . Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed.


Born near Boston Mass, she grew up in a world of pet pigs, horses, hay-forts and spy games . Follow this with an education in computer science, a career in interactive design, a compulsive need to create, and a drive to Seek and you get the major elements of her person and work.


I wish these pieces contained a listing of size and materials used. I want to get a sense of what they would look like in person.


Meredith Dittmar

Adrienne Slane

Posted in art with tags on April 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Liesje introduced me to the lovely collage work of Adrienne Slane.


From the artist statement:
I combine images of plants, insects, animals, human anatomy, and religious figures into detailed, colorful collages where individual elements fit together like pieces in a puzzle. Inspired by the history of the curiosity cabinet, the Victorian concept of momento mori, and Christian iconography and ritual, my work celebrates the beauty and interconnectivity of nature while also acknowledging the cyclical aspect of life, death, and decay. My work blends elements of science, myth, and religion into images that pay homage to the past within a contemporary context.


Needless to say, her entire range of subject matter appeals to me.



Adrienne Slane

Colette Calascione

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on April 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Colette Calascione creates beautifully odd surreal fine art. Many of her subjects are, quite literally, two faced.

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colette calascione artworks

I think this is what’s inside my chest cavity too.
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I adore this brightly colored reworking of the original Max Ernst illustration.
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Colette Calascione

Desktop Goodies 4/17

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, food, humor, kitsch, oddities, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to this edition of desktop goodies!

Would you buy Kellog’s corn flakes after seeing a child in the ad who looks like he’s be propped and posed postmortem?

Antique “eye massager,” for when your eyes need a little therapeutic squishin’!
Eye Massager.

AXOLOTL in a portrait! (See some axolotl info here, and an artistic interpretation here)

Don’t mind him…he’s really into that “sitting in a wall” thing.

The most complete system ever? Really?

I’m going to give you a great life tip here, folks. So listen up: be sure to set the iron to medium heat so as not to burn your crocodile.

The world’s most wistful butter substitute:

You can conveniently sell your sister by placing a check mark in the appropriate box.

Don’t say it, Dana…don’t say this piece of kitsch is…”corny.” D’OH!

Lukasz Wodynski

Posted in art with tags on April 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been staring at Lukasz Wodynski’s Human Light series, admiring his brilliant use of color. The glow he achieves in these flares of luminosity is rather lovely, isn’t it?



I also find Machinations of Dementia quite moving. Obscured faces manage to convey desperation and sadness…



See more of his work here.

Naoto Hattori: Nothing But Perception

Posted in art, exhibits with tags , on April 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Naoto Hattori has a new show at the Dorothy Circus Gallery.


As I struggle to think of fitting descriptions for his work, the word “cyborganic” comes to mind. It’s not a real word. I made it up. But I’m sticking with it.



Naoto Hattori
See all the pieces in the show here.
Previous post on Hattori here.

Adrian Baxter

Posted in art with tags on April 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Adrian Baxter defines his work as Traditional illustrations, based on life, death, the Universe, the natural world and human philosophy.


Rich in symbolism, gently calling forth sacred geometry, alchemical principles and the intricacies of nature, each of these pieces has a lot to say.



Adrian Baxter

Paul Roustan: The Camouflaged Moth

Posted in art, surreal, video with tags , , on April 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Paul Roustan is an extremely gifted body painter. Can you tell there is a woman in the center of this moth?


Watch her emerge:

I recommend looking at his whole body of work (pun intended) here.

Jason de Graaf

Posted in art, hyperrealism with tags , on April 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

While the whole concept of hyperrealism is to defy the eye in mimicry of real scenery or photographs, I’m nevertheless stunned to see the heights of talent some artists reach in this area. Case in point: Jason de Graaf.

vesalius skeleton (small)

The exactness of proportion and contour needed to pull off multiple reflective spheres in this kind of work is nothing short of incredible.


In reference to his work, he states “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, an illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, tell a story or least hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose objects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.”

jess's pick


Jason de Graaf


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