Archive for August, 2009

Christina Bothwell’s Glass Sculpture Captures What Lies Beneath

Posted in Ceramic, Found Objects, Glass, Painting, Wood on August 27th, 2009 by Alice – 3 Comments

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Dreaming

Dreaming

Christina Bothwell employs glass, clay, wood, paint and found objects in her revealing sculptures. She includes glass within glass and painting on top of glass. Clay and wood come together to add warmth to many of her creations.

When the Body Sleeps, the Spirit Travels

When the Body Sleeps, the Spirit Travels

I particularly love her “dreaming” sculptures. I have always believed that we go “home ” when we sleep and come back ready to try to remember who we really are and  create a wonderful day for ourselves by what we choose to think, say, and do.

She'd Give You Her Heart

She'd Give You Her Heart

Christina states on her website, “In my work I am drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the “unseen” that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light.”

Tree

Tree

She goes on to say, “My subject matter includes babies, animals, and children as they embody the essence of vulnerability that is the underlying theme in my work. Currently I am exploring metamorphosis as a topic, and have been incorporating figures within figures in my pieces. Within each glass figure there is a smaller figure seen through the surface of the glass.”

Angel on My Shoulder

Angel on My Shoulder

She closes by saying, “I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.”

Old Soul Baby

Old Soul Baby

As the viewer I was captivated by her display of what lies beneath the surface of her figures. I felt as if I were looking more deeply than I should,  but unable to look away. We are more than our bodies and Christina’s figures cause us to pause and think about what truly lies within ourselves.

Carousel

Carousel

Christina is an accomplished artists with many solo and group exhibitions and numerous awards. She was the 2008 Winner of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award.

Visit Christina’s website for more of her award winning work.

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The Figurative Art of Jereme and Sam Crow

Posted in Fabric, Oil, Painting, textile on August 18th, 2009 by Alice – 6 Comments
Dancing

Dancing

I’ve been a fan of Jereme Crow ‘s action filled paintings for quite awhile now. His figures are so alive, while his colors are soft and easy on the eye. I want to laugh and tap my feet, I can feel the motion.

Golden Spray

Golden Spray

On his web site Jereme writes,  ”To attempt to explain my paintings would be an after thought. They  are a celebration and exploration of the beauty of colour and the human form. I am attracted to dance as a source of inspiration because of the endless compositions created by the human form. The beauty, energy and emotion that is captured through movement. Art is beauty. Capturing a feeling, or an idea and  through the use of a subject attempting to create something beautiful.”

Tango

Tango

In my opinion, he has easily accomplished all of the above and something else as well. An involvement with the viewer.

Leap Frog

Leap Frog

After I contacted Jereme and while I was pouring over his site to choose paintings to feature here, I noticed a link to Sam Crow. I clicked and was taken to a very exciting blog featuring textile art by Jereme’s wife Sam. To my delight, not just textile art, but figurative textile art.

Staircase

Staircase

While Jereme’s paintings require the viewer to move, if not actually, then mentally, Sam’s work is more introspective, slowing the viewer down to  be self  analytical.

Pink Shoes

Pink Shoes

She states on her site in reference to a recent exhibition, “For this show, most of the women are sitting or lying down, exhausted or resting, this is because i am suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome at the moment and have to rest and sleep lots…… so i was focussing on that, and trying to incorporate my feelings about that and how it effects me and others, and trying to restrict myself to those sort of postures in a similar way that we are resticted often in our activities and have to force ourselves to stop and rest….which is hard when i work obsessively and have to be dragged away from the sewing machine!

I think as women, mothers, wives, even without chronic fatigue syndrome, we can all relate to those times of shear exhaustion.

Dressing Room

Dressing Room

I  love this one. Contemplation, a pause in a busy life…. a look, if you will, into the dream.

Summer Love

Summer Love

What a wonderful feeling this pictures leaves us with. Maybe after a good dance, a snugly rest is needed.

Jereme and Sam Crow live in South East Kent, UK

You can find out more about his talented couple by visiting their websites. Jereme Crow’s fabulous, lively art can be seen at Jereme Crow Fine Art and Sam Crow’s wonderful textile portraits can be view at Sam Crow Drawing with Stitches.

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Annett E. Bank’s Figuative Art is Energy in Motion

Posted in Contemporary, Painting on August 5th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Synchronicity II

Synchronicity II

When Annett and I first talked she was working on a project that has been evolving over several years, since she was in Art School actually. Now she works in the top floor studio of her old Victorian Home in Brighton, UK.

The painting, Synchronicity II, reflects her studies of esoteric and spiritual teachings and she is influenced by the concept of the Oneness of all things, as well as the merging of the male and female principle. She was kind enough to send me some pictures of the work in progress and I’ve posted them below.

The Sketch

The Sketch

Annett wrote to me, “It (this painting) states that people are made to be unaware of their true origin, their amazing vastness as a being that has comprised within themselves all the elements of the universe. An unspeakable wonder, but we experiencing life as limiting, suffocating and often depressing. The sensation of ‘a human experience’ stands therefore in stark contrast to our infinite, eternal existence.”

Stage 1

Stage 1

“For that reason I want to convey the couple in a confined capsule-like shape, which coincidentally reminds us of the shape of a heart – representing the idea of Togetherness within Separateness, yet sensing that the bubble will soon open.”

Stage 2

Stage 2

She goes on the say, “This is an image of male and female opposites who choose to exist in a close space together, but ending up seeking to manipulate each other to fulfill their own ends. I played with the idea that humanity is about to be birthed into a new, higher consciousness, but yet not aware of it – so the old drama of separateness, duality and dysfunction is still played out between them in their private lives.”

Stage 3

Stage 3

The progression,  the layers of paint and feeling and thought that builds this work is interesting to me. Each stage is able to stand on it’s own, yet it is still waiting for that final brush stroke. But after speaking with Annett, it still might not be “finished”. But it has been shown, here it is between two more of her energetic works at a recent exhibition.

Exhibition

She has had numerous exhibitions in the UK and her work is in many private collections. In 2008 she was recognized as one of UK’s Best Graduates by the SaLon Gallery in Notting Hill and exhibited at the ‘Midsummer Art Fair’ at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, London.

Yellow Dancer

Yellow Dancer

I’m drawn to Annett’s  work, I enjoy the intertwining of contemporary texture and color with classical movement and energy. I particularly enjoy her Dancer Series and her portrait work is stunning.

Untitled

Untitled

Annett’s accomplishments are too many to list here, but you can find out more about her on her website and spend some time enjoying more of her vibrant work.

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The Tribal Carvings of Robyn Gordon

Posted in Found Objects, Wood on August 1st, 2009 by Alice – 6 Comments
Totems

Totems

When I first came across Robyn Gordon’s carved figures, I had that “ahh” reaction. Here was something that spoke to me and drew me in. So interesting are each of her carvings, with found objects that she searches for in flea markets, second hand store and from nature around her, that each one demands more than a casual glance.

My father was a printer and many times I helped set type. Robyn’s niches for her “finds” remind me of the boxes that held the type. Maybe that is one of the reasons I was so drawn to her artwork.

Her use of found objects is intrinsic to the completeness of  some of her figures. It is as if she is gathering the history of a culture and proving that nothing is ever lost, that each piece of history creates the whole.

Tribal People

Tribal People

Robyn lives in South Africa and is influenced by African tribal art and tribal art from around the world. She began carving by lamp light with her mother when she was about 8 years of age. Her family  had no electricity and no television. She has a passion that can be seen in her work and a peace that she captures and sends on to the viewer.

Broken Angel

There are her peaceful angels.

Colorful Woman

Sawabona

Barbie and the Woodpecker

Barbie and the Woodpecker

Then she has that quirky bit of humor that I like to think I share.
Her crazy colorful woman Sawabona, is magic. Makes me laugh.

And Barbie and the Woodpecker is priceless.


More of her enchanting work can be seen on her blog Art Propelled and on her Flickr site of the same name.

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