"Some people think or expect that you should make the same kinds of art forever because it creates a convenient narrative... I want my work to embody my inherent contradictions."
— Kiki Smith
Not a squirrel. Not attractive.
I have almost finished the knitted chain link necklace- spent a few hours on to today and only need a few more links to call it a done deal. I do so love the silk yarn I'm working with. After I got hoe I started watching some of my documentaries on Netflix and zeroed own on 'Cooked' with Michael Pollen. It was very interesting except for the yucky part where the aborigines reach into tunnels in the ground and haul out 3' iguanas, break their necks and throw them on the fire. I saw this a few too many times. We then went to a pig roast in North Carolina with a farmer and pit boss working with pigs. Michael then tried to du[licate a pig roast on his back terrace with about 20 rolls of aluminum foil and a giant bonfire to feed it. This show was all about fire, and the other shows on the series hit the other elements. Watch it if you like dead iguanas.
Today I have some more archived images I have been meaning to show, any yup, it's all about tattoos again. Judge for yourselves:
The work of artist duo Jade Tomlinson and Kev James of Expanded Eye (previously) spans paintings, installations, street art, sculptures and most importantly tattoos that blend line work, typography, and geometry. Based in London, the pair approaches each tattoo as a piece of art, firmly establishing a narrative and purpose behind each design before making a commitment. They even go as far as asking potential customers to not “overly concern yourself with the aesthetics,” and instead let the piece evolve organically based on their own discoveries. You can see many more of their tattoos on Facebook
Tattoo artist Pony Reinhardt creates delicate collisions of plants, animals, and elements of space and alchemy in her black line tattoos reminiscent of vintage woodcut etchings. Studies of anatomy mingle with constellations and crystals, while woodland creatures right out of a storybook are wreathed in densely illustrated greenery. Reinhardt graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA degree in fibers and her artwork has been exhibited in the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art as well as earning a number of awards and accolades.
As part of a new body of sculptural work, artist Jessica Harrison has created a series of delicate porcelain figurines depicting idealized women in ball gowns, with one glaring difference from the collectibles found in your grandmother’s curio: each sculpture is covered neck to wrist in ornate sailor tattoos. This juxtaposition is not unfamiliar territory for Harrison who has created other, much more macabre figures, in the past. The Scotland-based artist recently completed a practice-led PhD funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, where she researched the relationship between interior and exterior spaces of the body, an area of study that is directly reflected in her artwork.
Tomorrow is studio day. Hopefully I'll have something more interesting to post, but at the rate I'm headed, maybe not. Stay tuned. Thanks for hanging on.