I know, not very cheerful, but…
After spending a week in Barcelona and absolutely loved every single moment of it (the atmosphere, seeing friends who live there, the food, but especially the light (!!!), the sun (!!!), the heat (!!!), and the sea (!!!), in few words: the quality of life), coming back to grey London with its long and expensive commute, the cold, the rain, flat-sharing being a necessity… is harsh.
London is a crazy bitch: insatiable, expensive, but always renewing herself at a speedy pace, and gosh! I love her for it. However for me today, she is similar to one of the city landscapes of Antonio Sannino. Still beautiful, but so grey and tired by its energy accumulated over the years, anonymous, cold and without much horizon…
Argh, damned you holiday blues… !
|Antonio Sannino, Undressed 79, 2016|
|Antonio Sannino, Undressed 11|
|Antonio Sannino, Undressed 6|
|Antonio Sannino, Undressed 18, 2016|
|Antonio Sannino, Undressed 10|
|Antonio Sannino, Undressed 63, 2014|
With the rain, wind, cold, grey sky we have in London right now, let’s travel with Kenna Moser’s works.
This artist based in Seattle, creates envelop/postcards-like, which you could easily believe that they come straight out of a magical and wonderful land.
How? Using real vintage cards as a base, she draws on it, tiny and delicate figures interacting with an oversized nature (plants, colourful flowers) and creative stamps from all around the world. The viewer is invited to decode the connections made between the different elements but also linked with the single-word title of the picture, creating his/her own version of the story.
It is visually similar to a children illustration book, and this is why many can nostalgically relate to it. However, her method is nonetheless comparable to the traditional method of painting : the various collages are glued to a wood panel before a hot layer of beeswax is applied, finalising the last details with oil paint.
The result is subtle and poetic, perfect for this gloomy Monday…
|Kenna Moser, Apex, 2015|
|Kenna Moser, Match, 2016|
|Kenna Moser, Renew, 2016|
|Kenna Moser, Contemplate, 2016|
|Kenna Moser, Vantage, 2016|
I hate Mondays… and today was particular awful with this bloody wind, the rain, the packed carriages on the trains due to severe delays on southeastern lines, the depressing meetings from 9am, the lazy flatmates who got the same level of energy than sloths (especially when cleaning is involved!)… aaargh!
So! In order to keep our spirits up, our good mood from the lovely weekend, I wanted to share the beautiful works from Alicia Tormey.
This American artist masters the technique of encaustic painting, which consists to mix the pigment of colors with hot wax (usually beeswax).
Very delicate and using specific tools for the ‘trait’ to be done before it dries, this method was popular during the Antiquity.
Her works (paintings, but also sculptures) are however very contemporary, and often depict a nature very colorful, creating a sort of fantasy world we would love to be surrounded by.
|Alicia Tormey, Caldera, (?)|
|Alicia Tormey, Jadeite, 2015|
|Alicia Tormey, Diva, 2015|
|Alicia Tormey, Quaesitor in Lucem (Seeker of Light), 2014|
|Alicia Tormey, Origin I, 2012|
Because today is apparently Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year…
|Slater Bradley, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, 2009|