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artist crush: ryan sarah murphy

January 23rd, 2012 · 6 Comments

Ryan Sarah Murphy’s cardboard collage work via Pinterest. Pretty stunning, huh?

I make abstract, sculptural collages using found and collected cardboard and book covers. I am interested in how these materials, in their simplicity, variety and wide abundance, can be cut and formed into quiet surfaces teeming with both geographical and emotional underpinnings. (The collages) reference architecture, landscape and the topographical intersection of urban & natural environments…

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new work by lena wolff

September 28th, 2011 · No Comments

While I love Lena Wolff’s more colorful, organic work, I’m also digging this new direction which reminds me of Shaker design. From the artist’s show Another Country at Traywick Contemporary.

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artist crush: erika schmidt-lawlor

September 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Erika Schmidt-Lawlor’s series Meanwhile, The Arctic Melts includes some of the most exquisite collages I’ve ever seen. There’s a remarkable balance of aesthetic force and subtly.

“The collage sensibility, in my work, reflects one of the premises of Indian mysticism that can be described as the “unselving” of objects, dissolving the individual in a world of separate things by a vision of endless change.”

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artist crush: darrah gooden

August 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Darrah Gooden’s paper collage animals via Where The Lovely Things Are.

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Artist Crush: Sabrina Tibourtine

February 10th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I found illustrator and mixed media artist Sabrina Tibourtine on Etsy thanks to the new Activity Feed (her work appeared in my feed thanks to Brooklyn Rehab). The Activity Feed shows you in real time what your friends are favoriting so you can discover new finds along with them. I’m so hooked!

According to her profile…

Sabrina was born in Paris and is a freelance illustrator, Animator and Designer living in Cologne, Germany. After having studied in Krefeld and London, she discovered her attraction for things which are somehow old, broken, dirty, and rough..

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Super cool work, right?

The Art Of Using Trash

January 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments

As a non-artist, I am amazed by a lot of things artists do (and seem to do effortlessly!), and this is one of them – magically create beauty out of scant or unusual materials. Here Renilde Depeuter of AT SWIM – TWO – BIRDS took leftover paper scraps intended for the trash and created a stunning, collage city.

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Not only did Renilde create beautiful art out of trash, she also managed to create something that is distinctly hers. Just compare her collage to one of her embroidered works, such as Land of Rivers, below, and you immediately recognize the same kinds of shapes and loose, organic patterns.

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All photos via AT SWIM – TWO – BIRDS