Judith Clay, Illustrator, Germany
We love Judith’s art prints made of primarily ink, pastels and colored pencils. Her work is so unique and full of inspiring details that echo feelings and dreams.
Artist Statement: Creating pictures is my life, and keeps me sane. There is nothing more rewarding for me than getting lost on the page and story of a new drawing. I like to think of my pictures as little “escapes” from reality where it’s possible for fish to fly and for girls to ride on sea horses high above the city.
For more of Judith’s work visit Society6 on the web.
Sarah Crowner, painter and ceramics artist, Brooklyn, New York
We love how our artist of the week creates her paintings. She physically sews together sections of painted canvas to form angular, geometric works that “evoke the style of hard-edge paintings of the 1950s and 1960s,” according to the Whitney Biennial catalogue, which featured her participation in the 2010 show. “With its associations of domestic labor, the act of sewing also confronts the high seriousness of abstract painting with the unpretentious tradition of craft.”
For more on Sarah’s work visit Nicelle Beauchene Gallery on the web.
Heidi Lender, Photographer, Northern California
This week we are crushing on photographer Heidi Lender and her series Once Upon.
Artist Statement: What began as a self-imposed weekly photo assignment — “Stand on a bench. Make sure it’s Monday. Wear something pretty.” — transformed into this who-am-I photo-tale exploring the individual in various environments and apparel.
My past and paths now collide in this project – personal façade vs. private interior. Wardrobes and surrounding spaces are representations and reflections of who we are or who we purport to be. We explore, experiment and express the different aspects that are the ingredients of our individual, whether we are aware of it or not. Be it wild or controlled, we inevitably illustrate a part of ourselves.
The self-portrait series “Once Upon” whimsically plays upon this illustration. With a platform on which to stand, I investigate the host of personalities within, the layers that make up the self, the characters we hide, show, accept and reject, and the role that fashion and design play in molding those characters. My closet is colorful, a menagerie of clothes and accessories amassed on my journeys; though a collection untouched, unworn. Here, it has place and purpose. Headless self-portraits, piled with textures, lend a sense of objectivity, obscurity and freedom from identification.
For more on Heidi’s work visit her on the web.
Paul Davies, Multi-media Artist, Sydney, Australia
This week we came across Sydney artist, Paul Davies whose paintings focus on the relationship between the built and the non-built environment. We found ourselves wanting to be in the environment which contains colorful houses, pools, and huge trees.
Paul’s work primarily involves photography, stenciling, and acrylic painting and depict Sydney street scenes mixed with researched popular culture images. The layering process of this technique created on the canvas a visual diary of his immediate surroundings. He incorporated a number of the images of Japanese woodblock prints such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, 1803-33. Hokusai’s printed image, which is very popular in Australian culture and was appropriated as a brand logo by the surf company Quicksilver, appealed to him as a stencil artist because of its graphic quality and instantly recognizable subject matter. Paul also researched both the urban landscape and woodblock prints further, and discovered the “organic” buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and his interest in Japanese architecture. His interests are clear in the use of straight lines and bold form of design, juxtaposed with the rugged landscape.
For more on Paul’s work visit him on the web.