THE WOART WEEKLY!
Here's what you may have missed on the blog and Instagram account this week!
Where I grew up kids go back to school in August, but here in NYC, it seems like they mostly return after Labor Day Weekend so I thought a “back-to-school” themed week would be fun and try out a few new ideas to interact with the followers of the account in different ways which was pretty fun! So we went from book arts to art that blends with other subjects, created a virtual “class of characters” to playing teacher and giving a little Instagram tip at the end of the week!
Here’s a little more insight on each of those posts, enjoy!
I recently came across the work of Barbara Wildenboer when looking at some contemporary collage artists and saw her intricate beautiful book art sculptures and thought they were absolutely perfect to kick-off the week. Playing with the theme and words, I thought it’d be fun to make a book art story in the stories with all your suggestions, it was so fun! I hope you enjoyed the little virtual library so to speak, here I’m sharing just a few of the wonderful artists you all shared with me, thank you! I plan to do more stories in the future, so make sure to watch for those!
Ironically someone had recommended in the comments of the books artists post to check out the work of Andi Arnovitz whom I already had in mind to share. What I didn’t realize is that she had actually won the Book as Art Prize for this piece! Not surprised, it’s incredible. Sometimes the context of work changes without the artist's intention to do so, this piece was created about the girls whom were kidnapped in Nigeria, but without that knowledge, it looks like it could have easily been created more recently due to the tragedy currently happening in detention centers at the US borders.
For a lot of artists, getting an MFA is a “back-to-school” moment after having taken time off to develop their work which is what artist Elizabeth Guignino is up to at the moment, working on her thesis for the University of Miami. She had shared this herself as a “back-to-school” photo and when I saw her work, it inspired me to create a “class of characters” in the stories. I was imagining this little yearbook of these creature-like sculptures in the stories, it was a lot of fun, here are just a few of those shared in the stories too.
As many of you know I recently finished up a curatorial project that featured artists that were working in the realm of BioArt. While doing research on that show I came across the wonderful work of Kate Casanova. She is an educator herself, so her work mingling science with Art was the perfect to share. I actually didn’t enjoy Science at all when I was in school, perhaps I never had the right teacher, but I quite enjoy it now and have many friends that are scientists. I think artists and scientists actually approach problem solving in similar ways quite often, and are more alike than different.
Swings, who didn’t love them as a kid?! I remember trying to get as high as I possibly could and flying off to see how far I could land. You couldn’t do that here, but the swings and their movement would make this installation by Ann Hamilton come alive. I love interactive art, and this was just brilliant.
For the end of the week I thought I’d play teacher a bit. The main goal of this blog is to share and shed some light on the wonderful work of women artists, and Instagram has been an incredible tool to help gain more exposure for each artist shared. Instagram however is imperfect, their algorithms are always changing, and so this post was about sharing how we can beat that algorithm and collectively help all these artists out together.
When you sign up for notifications from the account, you get a text-like notice on your phone when I post which allows you to go straight to it. We beat the system by creating quick energy around a post through likes and comments. This helps more people to see the post, and therefore more exposure for that artist! It’s a really easy and free way to support the blog and the artists featured on it. And, you can always turn them off at any time! So please give it a shot, help me help these amazing women artists and let’s work together to make change in this industry! Thank you!