I want to spotlight something I don’t usually share here, and that’s people making their own art. As we all know, people who make art are amongst the most fantastic people roaming the earth, so let’s look at 5 of them I have discovered lately, and you can tell me if you like/hate/don’t care abut their art.
I remember hearing this for the first time in art school, that you should always take it as a good sign if you can stir up any sort of emotion in people via your artwork- whether it be positive or negative. The kiss of death is when people are indifferent to your work, thereby rendering it boring as all hell.
Unfortunately, some artists take this a little far and creative sensationalist art with absolutely no meaning to them, but what the hey diddly-o. At least they’re making something instead of eating cheeze puffs and smoking weed. Unless they’re doing that while making their brand of crazy art.
Anyway, it’s not like me to digress, right?
Here’s some art:
1. Daria Tessler – I just discovered her on the Chicago One of a Kind show web page. This sealed the deal for me going to this show. For some bizarre reason, I’ve never been, but I am going to go this year, and I might just pull up a chair and stare at Daria the entire weekend, willing her to be my friend. Her site is Animal Sleep and it is superb.
2. Liv Rainey-Smith – I love the dark, mysterious look of woodcut prints, especially when the subject matter is a bit dark and mysterious. These prints by Liv Rainey-Smith are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and 15th century art. The artist states that, “No deities, forbidden tomes, or dreamers were harmed in the making of this art.”
3. YUM. YUM. YUM. Encaustic art is so rich and layery and dreamy. Daniella Woolf is an artist I just swoon over, and I dream of traveling to Canada to take one of her workshops. By stalking her site, I also discovered that she designed some stencils to sell through this site, and just go on and look at all the amazing stencils designed by artists, OMG!
5. Zarina Hashmi- I’m a sucker for simple, graphic prints, and these fit the bill nicely. This is when I wish I had tens of thousands of dollars to spend on art, ya dig?