Monday, August 10, 2020

An Ever Enlarging Circle

      "An Ever Enlarging Circle" paper collage on vinyl, 2020     

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Su Blackwell

As a book lover, I am continually inspired by Su Blackwell's remodelled books that quite literally bring the stories within to life. Intricately cut paper sculptures emerge from the pages of old books, creating a new narrative from the old and transforming flat paper into a fully realised world.

 The stories within each scene are vividly imagined, offering a tiny glimpse into the world contained within the books pages, while her meticulous cutting offers a wealth of detail, bringing a sense of movement and narrative to the sculpted pages. I'm drawn to the transformation taking place within a normally contained work, books splayed open as though the writing within has escaped from its pages. The text still visible in the sculptural elements ties each piece together and the gentle glow in many of her more recent works give a feeling of habitation as though they really have come to life.

More of her work can be found at her website and information for her kickstarter which aims to fund an illustrated activity book "Into the Dark Woods" is here.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Future is Unwritten

Paper collage on vinyl and panel. 2019

Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite. - Anais Nin

Friday, August 30, 2019

Whale Fall

Whale Fall

Strange bodies meet
where taxidermists stitch
by tall tales and lamplight

Flesh erupts in putrid neon,
and bones float softly in their sockets.
Filtering anodyne dreams, you sleep
wrapped in sweat-damp sheets
yellowed and rippling.

A wake attended by the hungry.
And I'm standing here,
sucking in iodine tears

for a fallen whale.

 "In this collaborative exhibition, artists Nicholas Crombach and Nurielle Stern explore subject matter derived from the complex, problematic and often mythologized human relationship to the natural world." On at the Clay & Glass Gallery until September 8, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The blind boy and the loon

The blind boy and the loon.
Happy Nunavut Day! July 9 celebrates two acts passed in 1993, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act. Nunavut then officially became a territory on April 1, 1999. This beautiful animation is based on a traditional Inuit tale that explains the origins of the narwal and the perils of revenge.