Light Figurine caught my eye with stunning phoenix sculptures. The blue phoenix appears floating in flight.
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Toronto based illustrator and sculptor Bailey Henderson works in a variety of mediums; oil paint, bronze, resin casting.
Today I bring you the expert paper carvings of Maude White, whose work ranks amongst the most delicate, intricate paper work I’ve seen. I’m flabbergasted by what she does with hair!
Her artist statement is quite interesting:
I come from a family of visual storytellers. I have always believed that our vision is as important as our hearing when we communicate. Very rarely do we rely on words alone. It is what we see, and how our brains interpret what we see that shapes our perceptions and actions. I began cutting paper with that understanding. I want my art to communicate to the observer what my words cannot do effectively.
When I was a child I thought a great deal about hidden spaces. The intimacy, the hushed secrecy – I was always looking underneath objects, or through them. I have always believed that if you look hard enough, you will see something precious and new, or, perhaps, something incredibly ancient and sacred.
When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas.
I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me. No matter how small my cuts the paper holds. There is a certain comfort in that, a comfort I enjoy. I feel that there are very few things in the world as reliable and constant as paper. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries. By respecting and honoring paper for what it is, and not considering it a stepping-stone to something greater, I feel like I am communicating some of the pleasure it brings to me. I am not creating for Art’s sake. I am creating for Paper’s sake, to make visible the stories that every piece of paper attempts to communicate to us.
Erika Sanada creates bizarre, dreamy creatures, whose soft pastel colors belie the unsettling nature of their physical anomalies.
The texture of their skin appears almost human, as blank white eyes stare out from their loneliness and suffering (though certainly not all of her creations are tortured; some are simply keeping each other company in serene, mutual strangeness).
From the artist statement:
My work reflects the weird and the creepy; I am fascinated with the dark side. “Odd Things” is my current body of work and I use ceramic for making bizarre creatures. They have extra body parts such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears. These are how I express my sensitive mind. There are two reasons I create misshapen and abnormal work. One is my bitter childhood and the second is my constant anxieties.
I have had an anxious personality since I was a child. I worry about everything, even tiny things. Anxiety drags my mind to the dark side, which is more powerful and intense than my bright side. Sometimes I can’t move forward because I am emotionally paralyzed. I decided to go face-to-face with my anxieties by creating irregular and eerie creatures representing my dark side. As a result, these creatures show my twisted mind as I try to overcome anxiety through my creation.
While I hate to hear of a fellow human being struggling with anxiety, creativity can be an intensely positive channel. Amazing work, Erica!
No, that’s not a typo in the title. Time Mashine is the name of Aleksandr Kuskov’s unbelievably gorgeous glass typewriter.
Unfortunately, no artist statement accompanies this piece. I’d love to learn more. I’m not even sure if this is the product of very skillful digital graphic work, or if it was actually constructed (wouldn’t it be great if it worked?).
Last year, the talented Tonya Hurley gave me a piece from Conjurer’s Kitchen, and I can attest to the supreme quality of their work. I could not bring myself to eat my chocolate raven skull; it was simply too pleasant to look at. I’ve kept it as a sculpture.
Handmade from white chocolate, this exquisite piece of edible art comes beautifully packaged in a black box with a small print of the original sculpture.