The dreamlike worlds of Sonia Mehra Chawla

Sonia Mehra Chawla’s works are absolutely stunning.
This talented artist born in Kolkata (India), is mixing reality and fantasy to create a surreal and theatrical world, often colorful and with the nature omnipresent. Life and death, evolution and destruction are recurrent themes where biomorphic and hybrids forms stand along with human figures and chromosome and human cell -like are part of the landscape.
This is in my view, a very poetic and beautiful manner to say we are all connected to the nature.

Image Sources: © 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Encapsulate IV B, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Encapsulate IV B, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hybrid Digressions I, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hybrid Digressions I, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hyperbloom Transitions I, 2012

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hyperbloom Transitions I, 2012

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Transitory Shores & Biomorphic II, 2013

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Transitory Shores & Biomorphic II, 2013

The photorealistic prints of Vija Celmins

There is an incredibly sense of calmness looking at the drawings of the Vija Celmins. Like frozen in time, the natural environments (sea, deserts, night sky…) depicted with delicate palette of grey tones, are very similar to a black and white photographs, thanks to her obsessive attention to detail and meticulous technique.

I see drawing as thinking, evidence of getting from one place to another. One draws to define one thing from another … I tend to take very small increments and steps in changing. An example was that I had been working with the pencil and I began to see that the graphite itself had a certain life to it. So I did a series of images of oceans and deserts using different grades of graphite and pushing each one to its limit. I learned a lot about the possibilities of expressiveness in graphite by doing this. Then I moved into the galaxy drawings. Even though you may think they came from lying under the stars, for me, they came out of loving the blackness of the pencil. It’s almost as if I was exploring the blackness of the pencil along with the image that went with it.
(Quoted in Drawing as Thinking, [pp.1-2].)

She is using indeed charcoal, graphite and erasers like no one, and we just cannot stop to be amazed in front of her art, where the absence of colour and human presence (especially in her late works) cultivate even more the neutral aspect of her subject, out of all romantic cliché.

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Pictures: © 2016 Vija Celmins ; Leslie Feely Gallery ; Berggruen Gallery ; Susan Sheehan Gallery
I encourage you to read on ART 21 for more information about her art and technique

Jackie Battenfield, Ripe, 2014

Who hasn’t looking up on a tree, on a sunny day and feel suddenly in peace, in harmony with the nature?

This is exactly what Jackie Battenfield felt during a meditation retreat in the 90’s and now transpose in her paintings. Inspired by East Asian art and in particular by Japanese ukiyo-e prints, she created her paintings based on her own photographs, using different support and medium such paper, horsehairs, bamboo leaves, mylar…

Poetic, with ‘translucent veils of colours’, her floating branching trees give the impression of being in a dream that we wouldn’t like to wake up.

Happy Monday all 🙂

Pictures ©:
http://www.jackiebattenfield.com/
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Jackie Battenfield, Dragon cs2, 2015
Jackie Battenfield, Ghost Blossoms, 2015
Jackie Battenfield, Dragon, 2015
Jackie Battenfield, Ripe, 2014
Jackie Battenfield, Golden Deed, 2015
Jackie Battenfield, In Flames, 2012
Addison Ripley Gallery

MyeongBeom Kim, Untitled, 2008

Christmas is now over, so we can come back to normal now! 🙂

However, as I am still in my forest of SouthWest France and a friend of mine is getting to Richmond park today, why not sharing this surreal and magical sculpture/installation from MyeongBeom Kim with his beautiful deer and its lovely woody antlers.

I like in particular this artist, because he often incorporates the wildlife in everyday objects, creating a surreal world that we wish to be drowned into. However, all his combinations are not as charming as this one, but they are always thoughtful, and after seeing many of his other works, we realised soon that the status of the Nature in our society is actually questioned.
If only politicians would give correct answers!

MyeongBeom Kim, Untitled, 2008

 

MyeongBeom Kim, Untitled

 

MyeongBeom Kim, Untitled

 

MyeongBeom Kim, Untitled