Its springtime and the Cherry Blossoms are in Flower. We stumble upon a Bonsai tree nursery, a cohabitation of all colours, shapes and sizes. Many a generation of Bonsai stands by admiring their blossoming saplings. Sakura, a tree surgeon by trade effortlessly glides through the tree families, pruning away their untimely growth spurts, quenching their thirst and warming their hearts, bellies, leaves and trunks with a calculated move to a sundrenched lounger for an afternoon of relaxation. As the sunlight dances through their leaves Sakura makes haste for the bee hives.
The cultivation of Bees and tree nurseries has been a fascination of hers since childhood and the dusting of intricate artwork and tattoo craftsmanship that shrouds her skin is a testament to this. Her body is the essence of the garden, personified....every inch is considered and camouflaged, from the nape of her neck, to the tips of her finger nails.
As the day draws to a close Sakura heads home, meandering along the winding river.
Fishermen are snoozing in the last of the days sun whilst the humming birds and crickets provide the delicate yet arbitrary soundtrack. She sits on the bank momentarily to model a miniature penguin from some paper in her pocket. She had heard of one losing its way and emerging in Australia....what a journey that must have been!
Sakura is thankful for her choices, her passion and her life. She can and always will dance to the rhythm of her own drum.
Glimpse of the S/S 2012 collection from Charlotte Taylor (the UK).
2012 CHARLOTTE TAYLOR
Via: Charlotte Taylor
In an action-packed interview with the Guardian (read it all, it’s great) on the eve of his biggest show ever in Britain, Anselm Kiefer talks about his affection for Angela Merkel, his plans to refurbish a decommissioned nuclear power station, and his thoughts on Damien Hirst. “To go to Sothebys and sell your paintings directly” — as Hirst did in 2008 — “is destroying art. But in doing it to such an exaggerated extent, it becomes art.”
Via: Art Info
INTERVIEW WITH HAYLEY WARNHAM
I've always been a creative person and have been drawing since I was a kid, so I decided to nurture my artistic side and recently gained my degree in Visual Communication where I specialised in Illustration. I chose Visual Communication because after finishing school I was still unsure of what direction I wanted to head, but it gave me the opportunity to work in Photography, Graphic Design and Digital Media before I finally decided Illustration was for me.
It's a playful mix of Collage, Drawing and everything in-between. My work could be considered quite conceptual as I believe less is more and it's always a little rough around the edges. When there's too much going on it all becomes a bit over-complicated and unnecessary - although knowing when to stop is the tough part.
I usually take some time to think up an initial idea then work from there. I'm a real perfectionist, so working with Collage is perfect for me as it allows the freedom to experiment with positioning and layout of imagery without having to commit to a final composition straight away. Once I'm happy with the layout, I fix everything down and build it up from there.
I'm often found wielding a pair of scissors and a Pritt-Stick, whilst being surrounded by a mountain of Magazines, Newspapers and Clippings. I'm also never far from a sharp pencil and a paintbrush.
I think it's normal for many creatives to get blocked for ideas. Sometimes they just arrive instantly, but other times it just takes a while for them to develop. When I feel lost I tend to step away from the work and explore all kinds of interesting blogs and sites online, they're great for inspiration as well as leading you onto an endless path of other odd sites.
I had a hard time picking which pictures to put in this post. Billy Kidd's work is fun to look at. He grew up in Pamana City, FL. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
photos by BILLY KIDD
Via: Billy Kidd
Igor Eskinja constructs his architectonics of perception as ensembles of modesty and elegance. The artist “performs” the objects and situations, catching them in their intimate and silent transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional formal appearance. Using simple, inexpensive materials, such as adhesive tape or electric cables and unraveling them with extreme precision and mathematical exactitude within strict spatial parameters, Eskinja defines another quality that goes beyond physical aspects and enters the registers of the imaginative and the imperceptible. The simplicity of form is an aesthetic quality that opens up a possibility for manipulating a meaning. It derives, as the artist states, from the need for one form to contain various meanings and levels of reading within itself. The tension between multiplicity and void constitutes one of the most important aspects of Eskinja’s mural “drawings” and seemingly flat installations. A void is still an active space of perception; it does not conceal; it comments on the regime of visibility, it invites the viewer to participate in the construction of an imaginary volume in an open space. The temporary nature of the artist’s spatial structures and the ephemeral quality of his carpets (where ornaments are carefully woven out of dust or ash) manifest a resistance to the dominant narratives of institutional apparatus and socio-political order.
Via: Volta Show