THE WOART WEEKLY!
Here's what you may have missed on the blog and Instagram account this week!
This was a very botanically inspired week. I had traveled to Northern California to surprise my Mom for her birthday, which went super well! And during my stay I asked her to help curate the feed and select the artworks to be featured this week. My Mother has always had an excellent eye for design and has the most gorgeous garden, so not too surprisingly, many of the works are plant and flower inspired. She admitted that she was thinking of a more commercial value when selecting the artworks, choosing pieces that she thought people would purchase that she felt they would want to live with.
Below are those choices, enjoy!
So this one was technically my choice, I kicked off the botanical inspired week with a post of Sophie Parker’s “Saw Blade Tension” as my Mom at this point still didn’t know I was coming! But the use of a live plant, her favorite color of blue and the beautiful form it creates made me think of her right away. I got to know Sophie’s work when I saw it shown at the SPRINGBREAK Art Show with Paradice Palase.
I have been loving the work of On-Kyeong Seong for some time now and trying to figure out when to post and which piece, as I love so many of them! Her work ended up being my Mom’s favorite artist for the whole week. She liked the organic form, botanical inspiration but dimensional work that was interesting to navigate and could look at for a while discovering new things within the piece. The fact that the title is garden inspired, even more fitting for her.
An avid reader, I think this one partly grabbed my Mom’s eye because it’s made from books! Part of the incredible Ann Hamilton’s Book Blocks series that turns the pages into textural wall sculptures that often have quite poetic titles. This one definitely won the popularity contest this week, but it was also the only non-botanical themed post this week, ironic in a way as it’s titled World, so perhaps it’s more nature inspired than appears at first glance.
If you’re a fan of book art, here are some past posts on that theme as well!
I have to give a quick shout-out to @prettygirlsmakingcoolshit for introducing me to the work of Clare Celeste Börsch. She takes collage to a whole new level turning it into huge installations and focusing on Climate Change, ecology and species preservation. If you like kind of obsessive art, realism with doses of surreal and abstraction, she’s for you! She’s also kind of killing it for her IG page, she’s a great artist look look at for inspiration.
I was first introduced to Shara Hughes works through the Rachel Uffner Gallery. Her canvases are sometimes whimsical and youthful, and other times have a darkness to them, a mysteriousness hidden in the landscape and flower compositions. I am personally drawn to those more, and was delighted to hear my Mom say almost the same thing when she was helping to curate the posts. She couldn’t put her finger on exactly why she liked this piece, she just did! Sometimes Art just grabs you for an unknown reason, and I think Shara does a fantastic job of getting our attention in that way.
And just like that, my week in California was over. This piece I selected to share to end the week inspired by my Mother’s choices of the previous posts above. Floral again, but a bit darker, and perhaps more fungi inspired which seemed fitting as I was heading to the closing reception at the BioBAT that evening. I’d love to see her work in person as she’s using the glass and frame in such unique ways, it really makes for some fantastic compositions. If you haven’t yet, check her out!
I’m personally very inspired by nature, as are so many artists. What’s not to love?! Here are some past posts that easily coud have been re-posted this week if you like this theme and want to see more! Check out these artists too: