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Maya Stefania: Repetition

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Maya Stefania is an oil painter based in Aarhus, Denmark who spent five years in San Francisco. Repetition is her series of partially-abstracted double portraits with really wonderful brush work. Stefania quotes Danish philosopher Kierkegaard: “What is repeated has been, or else it could not be repeated, but the fact that it has been turns the repetition into something new.”  There’s a great interview with her about her work and her journey as an artist with Betty Wood.

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Artist Crush: Dariana Guevara

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dariana Guevara is an illustrator from León, Nicaragua who currently lives in Madrid. This series from 2012, which I don’t have much information about, grabbed my attention. The human form as depicted by Guevara has a beautiful fluidity, an exchange with the other objects and shapes she includes. In these works there is a graceful tension between the body as familiar and foreign. 

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Revisiting the work of Naoe Suzuki

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Naoe Suzuki is an artist whose quiet but strong work I enjoy.  The first four images below are from her series Farewell which “trace waterways from topographical maps of Central Adirondacks, Central Florida and Greater Boston…”. Suzuki then cut-out the rivers, lakes, ponds, etc. with a laser cutter and re-arranged those shapes on paper.  The two works in white are from her latest series Water, Is Taught by Thirst, a title that comes from an Emily Dickinson poem. These works also trace waterways but the process is reversed: the rivers and lakes were destroyed by the laser-cutter, leaving burnt edges were the water should be.

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Japanese Illustration: Sunao Nakamura

Monday, October 12, 2015

These are the whimsical paintings of Kyoto-born artist, illustrator and writer, Sunao Nakamura. I am very interested in the illustration coming out of Japan these days, specifically from young female illustrators. You can see the rest of this series on Japanese illustration here.

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Interiors by Ann Toebbe

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ann Toebbe creates two-dimensional portraits of the home with fastidious attention to the mundane details of domesticity. It is her signature to present each space as a mash-up of opposing perspectives which is I find engaging but also a bit idiosyncratic.

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