detail of crypts and bloods.
a friend recently sent me a link to kiersten essenpries' work. i was immediately taken w/ kiersten's dark, fairy tale paintings. her crypts and bloods painting is the best on so many levels, besides the fact that it has a narwhal in it, i love that she uses children of the corn like kids to get the point across. kiersten clearly has a well honed sense of wit. her sense of humor is wildly apparent on her site as well, telling you to 'hold your horses' as her images load. check out paper magazine in the near future, where kiersten has full reign of the back page to do what she will w/ it. should be a great thing.
detail of crypts and bloods.
i recently met a girl w/ the raddest patch on her sweatshirt, and as i usually do, i stopped her and asked her to tell me about it. it was made by brooklyn based artist leslie martinez and her twin sister under the name the martinez design project. although no patches are left in their shop, nor the amazing bags (just look at the sold items, they're the best!), it didn't stop me from checking out leslie's AMAZING work. seriously, i was floored by her drawings. leslie has been gearing up for her thesis show which took place at cooper union on april 20th, now that the show is over she will be dedicating more time to her work and the martinez design project. she's one artist i am beyond excited to see more from.
miniature. mini. tiny. i'm not sure what it is, but i just love all things miniature. perhaps it was as a young girl reading thumbelina, where i first cultivated a joy for all things tiny. i wonder if someone somewhere has conducted a study on how miniatures makes certain peeps go gaga. could be interesting...anyway, what brings me to talk about miniature is heliS on etsy. i found her brooches and little sculpture plaques sometime recently, i immediately was intrigued. her brooches come in bear, wolf and polar bear. they're all doorbell (a-door-bell, adorable!), but personally i'm feeling the polar bear. but oh man get a load of the elk sculpture! ready for hanging above your miniature fireplace, w/ your mini logs and mini flames! ok, i'm sorry...i'm getting a little over excited. see the mouse, lion and more here.
as i was looking over yellena's work on her etsy shop, trying to choose which pieces to showcase...i kept clicking on allusion. ahhh, it's so gorgeous! i literally kept thinking ooooh, let's choose this one next: bam! allusion! you already picked this one, duh! normally i'm way more on the money, but i just kept getting pulled back in by it's loveliness. but then there's flare, and then there's masquerade...you get the point. of course, all of yellena's work is beautiful and when asked to choose it's really hard to pick a fav. i'm really drawn in by how yellena balances both weight and lightness simultaneously in her work. her prints are really well priced, check em out. perhaps, after you are done spring cleaning why not get yourself a lil' prezzie? be sure to keep an eye out and check out yellena's show at giant robot in june. also, here's a great featured seller interview on etsy.