Braden Duncan: Tangled Marionette

Posted in anatomy, art with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

While there’s plenty of nice art on Braden Duncan’s website, Clockwork Art,, I’m most drawn to her Tangled Marionette series.

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These images remind me of the subtle ties that bind. Her subjects are bound only by the finest gossamer filament…yet they are nonetheless pulled or fixed in place, in fragile reciprocity with their surroundings. The webbing also implies at least some passage of time (or maybe I just read into everything with my Jungian imagination).

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What do these images conjure for you?

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Braden Duncan’s

Lisa Wood Curiosities

Posted in anthropomorphic, craft, nature, taxidermy with tags , , , , on September 11, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Lisa Wood creates adorable dioramas of anthropomorphized insects engaged in various recreational pursuits.

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She also has a collection of egg dioramas, reliquaries, shadow boxes and jewelry.

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Lisa Wood

Aitch

Posted in anatomy, art, surreal with tags , , , , on September 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Years ago, I remember reading about Romanian artist Aitch’s “rebellion against academic anatomy.”

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Her quote from the source went as follows:

I chose to work on this project because I always had an issue with the human anatomy. All those years in college and at the university made me so bitter to the academic/strict ways of dealing with the human form in such a degree that, now, my whole style is based on avoiding realistic body shapes and embracing awkward proportions and weird-fun characters.

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I love the traditional Romanian style that comes through in much of her work as well. A beautiful fictional anatomy deserves a beautiful coffin, no?

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Aitch

Obvious Plant

Posted in advertising, humor, satire, signs with tags , , , , on September 9, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Jeff Wysaski has been leaving hilarious signs and products in public places in a project known as Obvious Plant.

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At first, he was worried that people would notice what he was doing, but quickly discovered that most witnesses were far too wrapped up in their own worlds to notice (even store employees didn’t notice blatant faux product placement!).

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We can get so used to the mundanity of existence that most of us would fail to distinguish the plants from the overwhelming amount of visual stimuli we encounter each day. One benefit of being housebound with chronic illness for years is that even the quickest trip to a drug store seems miraculous…like I’m seeing everything for the first time! I find myself drinking in all sorts of glossed-over details of simple products on the shelves, marveling. But I bet I could miss the plants too.

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I think my whole wekk would be made if I ever saw one of these. I think he should have local volunteers placing them everywhere around the country. Please start a movement, Jeff!

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Obvious Plant

Nikolay Valchev

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 7, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I came across this incredible piece by Nikolay Valchev on Pinterest, and it transported me to a world of ancient illuminated manuscripts and alchemical texts.

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The online portfolio is on the small side, but contains remarkable work like this:

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Such a lost art…

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Nikolay Valchev

C7

Posted in anatomy, art, death, nature with tags , , , , on September 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I could find no biographical information for the artist known as C7, but I did find a delightfully intricate collection of enigmatic bones and mysterious figures.

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Ah, we know I love a good artist who can intertwine nature, life and death in thought-provoking clusters of archetypes.

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Christophe Gilland

Posted in art, surreal with tags , , , , on September 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Christophe Gilland has a very interesting history indeed.

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From his artist bio:
Christophe is an Irish-born Czech-Canadian yet French citizen; and after having lived in Orlando (Florida) and Vancouver, (British Columbia) he moved to Prague in 2009. The son of a classical animator, Christophe enjoyed a somewhat fairy-tale childhood spent behind the scenes at Walt Disney World’s animation studios, which played a significant part in his early artistic influences.

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Themes since explored range from esoteric phenomenon and fairytales to science and alchemical practices. From childlike curiosities, monstrosities and psychology, to man’s relationship with nature, the archaic and the otherworldly.

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I especially love his wildly creative take on the “anatomy” of common plants and creatures.

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Christophe Gilland