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Monica Rohan Explores Self Portraiture Through Obscurity

Monica Rohan

Artist Mon­i­ca Rohan com­bines ele­ments of real­ism and fan­ta­sy to cre­ate works that are as beau­ti­ful as they are allur­ing. They’re inspired by a “rur­al-idyll of a child­hood in South East Queens­land” and 19th cen­tu­ry nov­els. Each con­tem­plates the genre of auto­bi­og­ra­phy, using this form of mys­te­ri­ous self por­trai­ture to do so. Here, the fig­ures’ faces are obscured by col­or­ful blooms, tall grass, and pat­terned fab­rics. Though they’re par­tial­ly ground­ed in some sort of space, the area around the sub­jects is emp­ty, giv­ing us the feel­ing that these peo­ple are float­ing in some sort of abyss.

Monica Rohan

Monica Rohan

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Monica Rohan

Monica Rohan

Monica Rohan

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Paintings by Monica Rohan

Paintings by Monica Rohan

Artist, Illustration, Painting

Saddo Uses Naturalism to Illustrate His Colorfully Strange Worlds

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Sad­do is an Roman­ian artist whose career has switched gears. Start­ing out as a mural­ist, his style was was noticed by adver­tis­ing agen­cies and gal­leries in cities around the world.

Saddo’s visu­al lan­guage has many dis­parate influ­ences, includ­ing hor­ror movie posters, comics, Hierony­mus Bosch, Hen­ri Rousseau, nat­u­ral­is­tic illus­tra­tions of plants and ani­mals, pop sur­re­al­ism, and reli­gion. Wow! This is reflect­ed in his paint­ings and illus­tra­tions, which fea­ture real­is­ti­cal­ly-formed fig­ures that are often in busy, lus­cious­ly-col­ored scenes.

If you’re a long-time read­er of this blog, you might remem­ber when this artist col­lab­o­rat­ed with Aitch on Mem­o­ry. Check it out—it’s my favorite iter­a­tion of the clas­sic card game.

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Artist, Paper Craft

Silhouettes by Eugenia Zoloto Transform Oridinary Portraits into Splendorous Nature Scenes

Eugenia Zoloto

Using an X-Acto knife and some care­ful cut­ting, Ukraine-based artist Euge­nia Zolo­to cre­ates intri­cate sil­hou­ettes out of twist­ing vines, beau­ti­ful blooms, and winged insects. The large, lacy portraits—around 15 inch­es by 11 inches—look stun­ning against a range of back­drops (check out the vibrant green grass, below). Some of them are now avail­able in Eugenia’s Etsy shop, where you can frame them how­ev­er you like.

Eugenia Zoloto

Eugenia Zoloto

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Artist, Illustration

Curious Landscapes and Painted Fantasies by Kate Pugsley

Kate Pugsley

I’m a long time fan of Kate Pugsley’s paint­ings and illus­tra­tions. They fea­ture a fan­tas­tic mix of styles, rid­ing a fine line between real­ism, fan­ta­sy, and abstraction—it’s what makes her com­po­si­tions so mem­o­rable. My favorite pieces involve fig­ures in flat­tened land­scapes where the trees and plants are styl­ized ver­sions of palms and cac­ti. I find them both aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing and con­cep­tu­al­ly interesting—what will hap­pen to these hero­ines?!

Kate sells prints and orig­i­nals in her online shop. And fans of Instagram—don’t for­get to give her IG a fol­low! It’s a favorite of mine.

Kate Pugsley

Kate Pugsley

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Col­lage artists—need some inspi­ra­tion? Here are some of Kate’s scraps:
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Artist, Painting

Keri Oldham’s ‘Labyrinth’: Fashion, Demons, and the Search Within Ouselves

Keri Oldham

Brook­lyn-based artist Keri Old­ham has recent­ly opened her lat­est solo exhi­bi­tion at Kirk Hop­per Fine Art in Dal­las, Texas. Enti­tled Labyrinth, her beau­ti­ful water­col­or paint­ings are an alle­gor­i­cal series that’s inspired by the 1980 cult-clas­sic film, as well as the ancient myth of the Mino­taur.

The gallery describes the work in Keri’s show as com­bin­ing “images of demons and war­riors with trag­ic fig­ures and vic­to­ri­ous ones. With armored women at its cen­ter, these pieces spin a new sto­ry on The­seus enter­ing the maze and con­fronting the beast with­in.” The allur­ing pieces fuse medieval beasts with fash­ion and fan­ta­sy, rep­re­sent­ing inner tur­moil and desires the many of us feel—to find mean­ing and suc­cess in our adult lives.

I love both the con­cept of Labyrinth and the style of Keri’s at-times grotesque paint­ings. They’re cre­at­ed with pig­ment, graphite, and applied paper pulp, adding these bril­liant tex­tures to her dizzy­ing col­ors and pat­terns.

If you’re in Dal­las, check out her exhi­bi­tion! It’s up until Novem­ber 14 of this year.

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Artist

This Hot Pink Room has a Patterned Wallpaper Comprising 5,000 Intact Bugs

Jennifer Angus

Artist Jen­nifer Angus has cre­at­ed an instal­la­tion that might gross you out, but it’s sure to fas­ci­nate you! Called In the Gar­den, she has wall­pa­pered a hot pink-paint­ed room with a gor­geous tex­tured pat­tern that com­pris­es 5,000 (!!) bugs. She col­lect­ed the crit­ters from south­east Asia and arranged them on the wall with their nat­ur­al col­or­ing intact—think iri­des­cent greens, blues, and pearly mauves.  The crea­tures form skull shapes and oth­er dec­o­ra­tive motifs and take over a room in the new­ly-ren­o­vat­ed Ren­wick Gallery at the Smith­son­ian Amer­i­can Art Muse­um. (This space offi­cial­ly opens on Novem­ber 13.)

Jennifer’s piece is one of nine art­works in Won­der, the inau­gur­al exhi­bi­tion of the Ren­wick Gallery. In addi­tion to her bugs, the oth­er artists will each occu­py a dif­fer­ent gallery in the build­ing and turn their space into a room-size instal­la­tion.  I’m not far from its loca­tion in Wash­ing­ton, DC, so I’m going to pop in one week­end and check it out. Fun! (Via design­boom)

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Artist, Illustration

Silly Childhood Superstitions, Illustrated by Natalia Yamshchikova

Natalia Yamshchikova

Are you super­sti­tious? As a kid, I was, but as an adult—not so much. Russ­ian illus­tra­tor Natalia Yamshchiko­va cre­at­ed a series of beau­ti­ful ply­wood paint­ings that pay homage to these unjus­ti­fied beliefs. They sound sil­ly now, but just think back to your child­hood. Would you have believed any of these? I prob­a­bly would have! Maybe that just makes me gullible…

 

If you throw your cut hair away birds will pick up it, build a nest, and give you a headache.

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One hundred mosquito bites will lead to your death.

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If you swallow a whole sunflower seed it will sprout in your belly.

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If you yawn at your reflection in the mirror you will ruin your beauty.

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If you look at the moon long enough you’ll become a lunatic.

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Artist, Embroidery

Part Tapestry, Part Friendship Bracelet: Weavings by Alicia Scardetta

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This past week­end, I went to the open­ing of Coor­di­nate Dis­re­gard at the Ter­rault Con­tem­po­rary in Bal­ti­more. There, I saw the work Brook­lyn-based fiber artist Ali­cia Scardet­ta, who I’ve been fol­low­ing on Insta­gram but hadn’t before seen her col­or­ful weav­ings in per­son. And let me tell you, they are awe­some. Intri­cate and jubi­lant, they com­bine a vari­ety of weav­ing tech­niques and are “part tapes­try, part friend­ship bracelet.”

To pro­duce these metic­u­lous pieces, Ali­cia uses frame tapes­try looms and cre­ates para­me­ters for each weav­ing. Through this, she explores the pos­si­bil­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions of the “grid struc­ture that forms woven tex­tiles.” The process isn’t unlike illus­tra­tion. In both fields, there are guide­lines you must oper­ate with­in, and part of the chal­lenge is fig­ur­ing out how to let your artis­tic voice shine.

If you’re local to Charm City, make sure you check out Coor­di­nate Dis­re­gard. It’s up until Sep­tem­ber 26 and in addi­tion to Ali­cia, includes work by: Ran­dall Lear, Elis­sa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, and Cur­tis Miller. Plus, it’s curat­ed by my pal Amy Boone-McCreesh, who is also an amaz­ing artist!

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Artist, Ceramics

Rebekah Miles Paints One-Of-A Kind Book Covers and Country Music Stars

Fun fact: I found Rebekah Miles’ work total­ly by chance. I was Googling some­one of the same name, and her Insta­gram popped up as one of the top results. Think­ing she was that some­one else, I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised when I saw a por­trait of Reba McEn­tire and June Carter.

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Rebekah cre­ates faux book cov­ers in the same ges­tur­al style as her por­traits. Describ­ing this on-going project, she writes:

I paint one-of-a-kind book jack­ets on spe­cif­ic artists, pho­tog­ra­phers, and some lit­er­a­ture. The select­ed books are a ref­er­ence to art his­to­ry and the art of libraries. I choose an image to paint for a cov­er illus­tra­tion based on qual­i­ties such as poignan­cy and visu­al graph­ics. If the book is not illus­trat­ed, I find an image that is com­ple­men­tary to its con­tents.

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Rebekah also makes ceram­ics. They are, as she describes, “inter­pre­ta­tions of images that appeal to a sense of place and beau­ty, such as an antique lote­ria set (Mex­i­can bin­go) from the 1800’s, a seed savers exchange cat­a­logue, and a Cal­i­for­nia native plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion book.”

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Artist

Laura Garcia Serventi Paints the Plants I Wish I Had

Laura Garcia Serventi

Using acrylic, gouache, and water­col­or pig­ments, Lau­ra Gar­cia Ser­ven­ti paints the plant col­lec­tions I wish I had. The col­or­ful scenes fea­ture tall suc­cu­lents and flow­er­ing cac­ti, neat­ly pot­ted and sit­ting on a geo­met­ric floor.  They’re healthy and flour­ish­ing, which is more than I can say for some of the plants in my apart­ment.

Pur­chase these images as prints in Laura’s Etsy shop!

Laura Garcia Serventi

Laura Garcia Serventi

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