Rosalie specialised in assemblage – putting together pieces of abandoned wood, paper, household goods – and putting them together in exciting, intuitive ways.
Married at 25, with 3 children born in quick succession, she was a bored housewife, uninterested in displaying the ‘perfect’ home – but she walked a great deal, gathering objects in nature which interested her, and displaying them in her home, to the amusement and bemusement of her conventional neighbours.
This 5 minute videos tells of her life and shows a large 4 part assemblage, “Suddenly the lake”
Circles, feathers and feather-like leaves abound in this collection of watercolours. Also known for her strong graphic images as a printer, Angie recently exhibited at City Art Centre, in a group show with a few friends, “A Fine Line”. Previously written about on this blog here.
Read the exhibition catalogue for her new show, here.
And to see Angie at work with her printmaking, pop over to this earlier page in this blog.
This is a time-lapse film of flowers opening: many of them are lilies or orchids, so the colours and patterns and shapes are stunning.
video by David de los Santos Gil
For variation, mute the music they are presented with, and try varieties of music in your audio library. How does it feel with ballet music? What is the effect when it’s jazz? Or world music? or rap? or spoken poetry?
Write/paint/draw/bake/dance – whatever your chosen medium – something which expresses unfurling, movement, growing, developing, opening out….. using this video for reference points and ideas, jumping off places.
When a muted palette is spread over huge flat surfaces of canvas, to form giant walls of series of paintings, the effect is somewhat like another world. Painter Jessica Zoob is here making and looking at the remarkable size of her art.
If you normally create in small-scale, try bigging it up. If you write a short story, try the “On the Road” style of Jack Kerouac – who apparently sellotaped huge amounts of paper together and then just began typing and kept on. A computer screen is similarly unchallenged in length – you can type a sprawling remembered saga of adventures, keeping going as long as you can. Then leave it for a day before reading it back and tweaking.
On the other hand, if you usually work big, try writing small. If you usually write a full-length film script, write just one scene. Or if you paint full-height canvases, make something very very small.
Afterwards, reflect on what you learned from the experience.
Lori Reed‘s vibrant striated photo collages caught my eye recently, especially this one:
Sippin’ on sunshine
Lori described it thus: This 12″ x 12″ piece features a happy bee sipping his supper. I made one filtered version of the photo in Photoshop and 3 in Prisma. I cut them into irregular shapes and combined to reform the image, and added in some handmade papers, too.”
Having buzzed around the photos on her website, I knew that I wanted to show her work to a wider audience (that’s you) – and asked permission, delightfully, she granted it. So here are a few more stunning photos, together with insights from the artist herself.
Lina Lav makes exquisite ceramics with recurring motifs of bee, honey, feathers, gold paint and text. Check it out at her website.
Based in Boone, North Carolina, she is also developing canvas painting – as featured on the front screen of her website. This is her sole painting so far, but obviously one to watch out for.
Thankfully, there is an abundance of ceramics choices. Despite this appearing under our blog section “Thing of Beauty” – you can see that there are no less than – well – three. So we are in plural things of beauty land here.
Dobby Gibson has published 3 books of poetry and had 2 nominations for the Pushcart Prize – he realised that a lifetime of taking the same bus ride in Minneapolis meant it had become, for him, a type of poem, and he reads that poem “Beauty Supply” while riding the bus route. Watch from 4 minutes 15 to 7 minutes 10 to hear the poem.
Also in the video, Dobby speaks about the respect or lack of respect in which poetry is held in America, how he came to write poetry, his conflicting standpoints (he wants to remove the personal ‘I’ yet wants to commemorate people important to him, specifically), and balancing the writing with a day job. In fact, his 20 minute commute became an important editing time for him, as a regular time period when he can work on his writing.
Dobby Gibson reads a poem about a bus journey on that route
I enjoy various lines of this poem, especially the one about his dad still living near the same route:
“I was born on this street, about a mile from here and can still take it almost all the way to the house where my parents live – just beyond Minehaha street, to my beautiful Dad in his beautiful basement, listening to the TV at a volume that would scare a soldier”