Monday, February 13, 2012

TIm Walker

Now that I have the London based photographer, Tim Walker on my mind again, I have been searching out his work online.

Every time a new issue of Vogue arrives in my mailbox, I hastily flip through its pages, searching for any images by Tim Walker. I love his playfulness, his use of over the top props and sets, and his careful attention to color and texture. I always feel like I am peering into a perfectly orchestrated fairy tale.

There is a nice book of his work and process available, Tim Walker Pictures.

He also has a great website.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lissy Elle Photography

Still exploring with world from the confines of my couch. (What would I do without the Internet? I almost can't imagine it.)

Today, I stumbled upon the photographs of Lissy Elle. She is reminding me of Alice & Wonderland, Tim Burton, and Tim Walker. I always love to go on these daydreams.You can see more of her work on her website and on Flickr.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jessica Sanders

Since I am assigned to bed rest for the next couple weeks or so, I have been spending a lot of time online...maybe a little too much. "Creative research" I call it. Today it certainly paid off. I discovered the work of Jessica Sanders.

You can learn more about her here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Doris Salcedo

About eight years ago or so, I started collecting magazine clippings and photos and organizing them in binders. This was spurred initially by being overrun by magazines. (I love ordering magazine is always so great to go the mailbox and find something new and interesting waiting for me.) My binders, one for fashion, one for baking, one for cooking, one for dream home ideas, one for crafty projects I might just do some day, etc. allowed me to hang on to the best snippets of my magazines and recycle the rest (hopefully avoiding ending up as an eccentric elderly woman crushed in her home by her possessions someday). Unexpectedly, the binders also became a sort of Encyclopedia ala Betsy...a catalog of my interests and tastes that I could see change over time. An old-school version of Pinterest I guess...with scissors, glue, and protective plastic sleeves. 

When I entered grad school, my clippings expanded to include photos from library books. Of course I did not cut them out of library books...instead I scanned the photos and printed them out. When I flip through this binder, it is like entering a time warp. I am whisked back to my first couple years of study...the ideas, the struggles...ah....those were the days...

Today, I leafed through my "interesting artists" binder and I came across Doris Salcedo. She is an artist from Columbia and works with domestic furniture and cement, among other things. I never took the time to learn a lot about her specifically but I always respond to a certain haunting quality in many of her works. The fabric details emerging from the cement filled furniture seem like looming, heavy memories.

The images above include a range of Salcedo's pieces. You can read more about her here and check her out in PBS's Art 21, Season 5.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mona Hatoum

Thinking about Lebanese born, Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum today. She seems like she will chase down any material or technique to best convey her ideas. You can read more about her here.