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Oh, my dear sweet neglected blog, how could I have left you so. I promise to spend more time with you in 2013.

Peacock Doily Study 1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Peacock Doily Study 1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

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Hello Laura Splan! You are an artist after my own heart. Doilies made visceral. Still beautiful but drawn with blood. Yes, yet anther example of artworks I wish I had thought of.



My work explores perceptions of beauty and horror, comfort and discomfort. I use anatomical and medical imagery as a point of departure to explore these dualities and our ambivalence towards the human body. Viruses, blood, x-rays of bones and viscera can be at once unsettling and enticing. I often combine scientific images and materials with more domestic or familiar ones.

Laura Splan : Statement.

Today, for something different, I give you a quote by the author of one of my favorite books No Telephone to Heaven. If you aren’t familiar with Michelle Cliff’s writing I strongly recommend you look into her works. Her use of language is beautiful and the way she blends Jamaican Standard English with Patios is unlike anything else I’ve read.

To write a complete Caribbean woman, or man for that matter, demands of us retracing the African past of ourselves, reclaiming as our own, and as our subject, a history sunk under the sea, or scattered as potash in the canefields, or gone to bush, or trapped in a class system notable for its rigidity and absolute dependence on color stratification. Or a past bleached from our minds. It means finding the artforms of those of our ancestors and speaking in the patois forbidden us. It means realizing our knowledge will always be wanting. It means also, I think, mixing in the forms taught us by the oppressor, undermining his language and co-opting his style, and turning it to our purpose.

Michelle Cliff

 

I came across these little beauties on Dutch jewelry designer Marion Pannekoek‘s blog, the pieces, however, are by Susanna Bauer. Her work is beautiful, minimal, elegant … I could go on but will let these two images speak for themselves.

For more information about Bauer and her work visit her website.

In honour of Canada Day I wanted to post some Canadiana, then I thought no, I’ll post some campy Canadian quilts, then I realized what I needed some Coupland. Douglas Coupland is one of my favorite local artists; not only do I find his projects fascinating and humours, but when it comes to pointing out campy Canadiana he’s the best! So in honor of Canada Day I give you a sampling of a Canadian renaissance man.

White House (installation)

Canada House (installation)

The Canada Pictures

Generation X (made from his book by the same title)

Corporate Safety Blankets

Open Shop Project: Doily installation by Artyarn

I have come across these images a couple of times now and every time they catch my attention. Since the emergence of yarn bombings there have been a plethora of similar installations images bouncing around the world-wide web but what strikes me about this piece is its simplicity. A single concrete globe transformed and beautified in a stark, cold, and rather masculine looking public space. Well done Artyarn!

ArtYarn is a collaborative fibre arts project coordinated by visual artist Rachael Elwell. ArtYarn aim to use traditional knitting and crochet techniques in contemporary visual arts projects and aspire to promote the diversity and versatility of knitting and crochet as an artistic medium.

For more information about ArtYarn visit their website or blog. If you come across any yarn bombs please send me images! I’d love to post what you find no mater how large or small the scale.

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