Oslo-based jewelry designer Anna Talbot is inspired by fairy tales, nursery rhymes and songs. Delicately-crafted layers of anodized aluminum, wood veneer, brass, gilding metal and silver create wearable stories – brimming with flora, fauna and familiar characters of lore. Fantastic and captivating work.
Vaka Valo recently shared some work with us and I was curious to learn more about his process, so I asked him. Here’s a bit of background on his latest series:
The project “Antarctica” is my ongoing investigation/documentation of the occurrences I encounter on the ground surfaces of public underground parking garages (usually hospitals) in the middle of the night, while balancing my time between East Asia and Europe. These “paintings” made by tires, shoes, spills, leaks, are in a constant state of transition, like the anonymous people, cars, and machines that made them. Sometimes, I have revisited a particular site only to find the original raw material faded, added upon, painted over, or completely gone. It is surprising how something ignored on the ground can become beautiful, when placed into a different context. For example, the third composition is actually a photo-gram of bird shit. But it looks like a painting. And it is a painting. Just not a painting made with canvas, paint, or brushes.
Miroco Machiko lives and works in Japan. Her charming flora and fauna paintings amaze, with their fauvistic use of color and primitive linework. Gorgeous.
Behold, Alexandra Lakin’s dream-like narrative, color relationships and mix of flat/decorative areas. Miniature characters housed in ambiguous, fractured or subterranean spaces… a story drowned out in abstraction. Her works strike a captivating balance, in which they feel both uncomfortable and truly lovely at the same time.
An interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, digital printmaking and video/ animation, Alexandra received an MFA from Alfred University in Electronic Integrated Art, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
For 18 years, Cuban-born Luli Sánchez designed prints for the fashion industry, before founding her own studio in 2004. Luli uses her unique touch with watercolor to create patterns inspired by everything from florals to kitchenware, geometry to animal skins. She lives and works between Brooklyn, NY and Merida, Mexico.
Leah Durant is a recent grad living in Yorkshire, England. She is a multidisciplinary artist working with found images and photography to printmaking and drawing. Thanks for the email.