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Rose-Lynn Fisher: The Topography of Tears

Posted in art, photography, science with tags , , on March 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Topography of Tears is a fascinating visual study of tear crystalization under a standard light microscope, exploring the terrains of numerous emotions and forms of lacrimal activity. I want to paste some of the artist’s statement here, to give you her own lens on the work.


The random compositions I find in magnified tears often evoke a sense of place, like aerial views of emotional terrain. Although the empirical nature of tears is a chemistry of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series ls like an ephemeral atlas.


Roaming microscopic vistas, I marvel at the visual similarities between micro and macro realms, how the patterning of nature seems so consistent, regardless of scale. Patterns of erosion etched into earth over millions of years may look quite similar to the branched crystalline patterns of an evaporated tear that took less than a minute to occur.


Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as a rite of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis: shedding tears, shedding old skin. It’s as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.

The Topography of Tears

Liza Corbett

Posted in art with tags on March 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Liza Corbett’s pieces speak of modern fairy tales untold…


From the artist statement:

Liza Corbett’s work contemplates The Summer-Land, the spirit world that lays unseen alongside our own. Liza creates visual narratives populated with otherworldly women and animals, under heavy suns low in hazy, wan skies.


Her subject matter is tinged with the menace of pre-modern life and suffused with an air of melancholy. Influenced by nineteenth-century spiritualism, by Dark Romanticism, by myths, fables and old tales, Liza aims to create images that, like tarot or other methods of divination, suggest a strange and unknowable significance underlying our worldly existence.


Liza Corbett

Fair Rosamund

Posted in art with tags on March 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was instantly drawn to this image by Fair Rosamund. I have always felt a strong affinity for deers (though not until my 20′s did I look into the symbolism of deer totem).


The meanings associated with the deer combine both soft, gentle qualities with strength and determination:

*Ability to move through life and obstacles with grace
*Being in touch with inner child, innocence
*Being sensitive and intuitive
*Vigilance, ability to change directions quickly
*Magical ability to regenerate, being in touch with life’s mysteries

Isn’t that lovely?

I’m a bit picky about fairy tale inspired art, but I think her creations have an ethereal innocence to them that I cannot help but admire.



Fair Rosamund

Nathan Vranckx

Posted in art, monsters with tags , on March 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you Nathan Vranckx.

A fine take on classic still life:



A few of his incredible creatures have a glowing orb in the chest. I love thinking of this as the monster heart; the visible power center of these strange beings.

Nathan Vranckx

Modern Eden Gallery: The Grotesque

Posted in art, exhibits, macabre with tags , , on March 16, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Though not quite for the faint of heart, the group show going on at Modern Eden Gallery right now is definitely worth checking out for those who can attend.


Your can tour the online gallery of multimedia projects…so hideous…so hard to look away.

A favorite of mine: the string bat.

Has anyone gone?

Modern Eden Gallery: The Grotesque

Irene Garcia

Posted in art, day of the dead with tags , on March 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Last year I came across this haunting image by Irene Garcia, but there was no image credit. I was happy to find it again and peruse her other work.


It’s a skeleton-laden portfolio, heavily inspired by dia de los muertos (works for me!)


I think this is my favorite pencil sketch.

Irene Garcia

Gelaskins Surprise

Posted in art, products, technology with tags , , on March 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

It took a lot to make me switch my phone wallpaper to something other than my cats back home in NY (whom I miss dearly). A wonderful SWS reader, Denise, gifted me the Jennybird Alcantara Gelaskin I posted about!

Gelaskins are every bit as cool as they look on the website. I put mine on my clunky phone case instead of on the phone directly, because I am notoriously clumsy and this phone is likely to shoot out of my hands like a projectile at any moment.

Look at the subtle stickers on the top and bottom that blend with the wallpaper download (I purposely left the Talk app icon on the top…it looks like the deer is talking). Very cool.

Thank you so much, Denise!

Fritz Schwimbeck: Creation and Death

Posted in art, vintage with tags , on March 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I came across this series of plates by Fritz Schwimbeck, created in 1919.



It’s a somber looking collection, filled with dark ink and ominous scenery, but the images form a narrative culminating in “eternity.”




See a few more at the source.

Csilla Savos

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on March 3, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Csilla Savos plays with surreal intersections of shape, anatomy and other elements of the natural world.



Strange and dream-like…mildly unsettling…


Csilla Savos

Antique Color Wheels

Posted in antiques, art with tags , on March 2, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Scientific Illustration posted a gorgeous collection of antique color wheels.

Click images to slightly enlarge

I love the variety of geometric shapes in this collection; beautiful way to show color relationships.



I will definitely be using some of these in jewelry design (avert your eyes, my artist/designer friends! You may see these images turn up in gifts on your next birthday!)





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