Sunday, 12 May 2013

Day dreaming

I am a daydreamer. It isn't a bad thing. I'm happy with what I've got. Hoping daydreaming become my future. I'm dreaming of a simple living. Slow life with hens, fruit and vegatable garden and little workspace for my illustrations and crafts. Slow food. Countryside. Rural landscape. Walks. Nature. Family life. It doesn't seems much but is enough for me...

When I discovered Nikki McClure, it was like a ray of morning sunlight. Suddenly my own childhood memory flashed in front of my eyes and my own motherhood of raising my son close to nature.  My son loves our recent purchase, her book "Is it summer yet?". Simple life can be so inspiring, especially when so close to nature. The ilustrations are paper cuts which makes it even more impressive. Her work depicts simple living, motherhood, parental life, farmers life; everyday tasks and duties but also a celebration of life; laying in the grass, stopping to contemplate the peace and beauty of nature.  We absolutely fell in love with that book, so there is more to be ordered...





Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The Gardener

This weekend I'm starting my art project 'The Gardener' (working title). The idea poped to my head long time ago, around autumn time last year I suppose. Only now, when a bit of warmth and sunshine came out I found myself atracted again to this idea.


PLOT (to follow)



This weekend I'm going to film at my friends allotment. I'll be digging, planting and dancing. We'll see whats gonna come out of that... I have no idea what I'll be doing... Never done an art video before, but it feels like a right tool to express myself.

Plants research.
It will vary from what I can  get on the green market and if it's the right time to plant them but these are the flowers that I would like to use in the project. I would also like to plant some herbs and maybe even stick some artificial flowers, but I'll see as I go...

Lily of the valley. They once were my favourite flowers. Only when reading about them today I found out how poisonous they are. The Christian legend says that the flower is also known as Mary's tears that it sprang from the weeping of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion of Jesus. Other etiologies its coming into being from Eve's tears after she was driven with Adam from the Garden of Eden or from the blood shed by Saint Leonard of Noblac during his battles with a dragon. In europe the flower was percieved as a symbol of youth and prosperity. I think I would go with this meaning plus a personal statement.

Carnation. Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to a Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus' plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother's undying love. I want to create motherhood conotations with that flower.

Hibiscus is a symbol of beauty and fertility. The tea is popular as a natural diuretic; it contains vitamin C and minerals, and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda, hibiscus, especially white hibiscus and red hibiscus, is considered to have medicinal properties. The roots are used to make various concoctions believed to cure ailments such as cough, hair loss or hair greying. I would like to use this plant to symbolise fertility and senescence (as an unescapable part of our live).

Rosemary. In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. The bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a spring of rosemary, and from this association with weddings, rosemary evolved into a love charm. Newlywed couples would plant a branch of rosemary on their wedding day. If the branch grew, it was a good omen for the union and family.

 Incurve Chrysanthemums are symbolic of death and are used only for funerals or on graves, while other types carry no such symbolism... As part of a cycle of life this meaning would be quite significant although I'm not sure if I prefer a motherhood theme as a leading subject of the project.
 

Friday, 19 April 2013

note to myself

Recently I had an idea for a video.
Knitting life.
Or life knitted. With own arms. In forest. By the river. Surrounded by the trees. Peace and quiet. Yarn. A nice soft and thick yarn. Red and blue, just like the vains in our bodies. Few bits and pieces attached to the yarn. Everyday objects, significant and emotionally attached to my life. Symbols for me, my family, my roots, my interests. Generalisation of human existence. Us humans as collectors of objects. Objects that got so personalised they become us and part of us, and to our vains. All of this is happening at a beautiful nature landscape. Does it just seem to be unnoticeable. We are all connected yet being too apart. We are after all part of the landscape, part of the nature. Yet the emotional attachment goes towards hectic-ness of possessing. We always seem to braid a plait of our lives, its never perfect, sometimes uneven, sometimes too short. We knit our existence but what will happen when the yarn will finish...?

 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Headless

Sometimes I feel like to take my head off . Give it to someone. Please take care of it until I can get my head around it...

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

friends

I would like to introduce You to few of my favourite people and great artists:

Sabina Sallis  is a video artist but also known for performance, paintings, illustrations and mothering two children. I only just met her but feels like I'd known her for years, and since now have a baby too, we've got quite a few things in common. Her works are great. The videos reminded me a crossroads between Pipilotti Rist and Mariko Mori. Her main inspiration is the relationship between human condition and nature and her works are truly amazing and she is as well. Creative and talented. Do check her website.

Still from Sabina's performance called Felix Culpa


From time to time I would like to introduce You to my friends-artists who are simply wonderful and their work worth sharing with the world.


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Monday, 28 January 2013

dolls/ lalale


in the middle of taking pictures for shop, soon to be open...watch this space!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

creatures


softies that I made a while ago. Each one of them is unique with hand drawn face and recycled materials. Haven't got a name for them yet. Any sugestions more than welcome...

Monday, 21 January 2013

3 old sketches

I have some new exciting ideas and resolutions to put in this place. So watch this space... there'll be some changes soon...




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