Amy Sol posted images of Rebekah Bogard's studio recently on facebook, my jaw dropped as I checked out her ceramic sculptures. I raced to her website and honestly was floored by the beauty and complexity in her sculptures. As a woman myself, I often think about gender in art, so I was really stoked to read about her thoughts behind her work:
I employ fictional animals in my artwork to explore the narrative of my life and my own personal history as they provide me with both anonymity and security to the secrets I reveal. I enjoy utilizing animals because they are beautiful and mysterious creatures, vulnerable to relations with humans. This susceptibility gives them a sense of benevolence that is often lacking in human associations. I use this vulnerability as a source of power. It takes a brave and confident person or animal to make themselves vulnerable, for they must have the strength to withstand the consequences...(read more here)
Be sure to check out the rest of her work, hot damn it's rad. Rebekah will be taking part in the 2009 Kokeshi Exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in LA (July11-Oct 4, 2009), where she has been invited to make a kokeshi inspired sculpture. Awesome.
i have a small fascination w/ giant squids. i'm not sure why, but it's a mild obsession that may border on an ocd like infliction. but you and i, were friends so i can tell you this stuff right? you get me. you pick up what i'm putting down. you hear me barkin' big dog, i just know it. so i'm willing to bet you'll agree w/ me when i say scott radke's sculptures are AMAZING. i mean how could you not? just look at that little squid! scott's got new work up. peep it here.
i'm a big fan of language, specifically adages or proverbs. such adages like "if wishes were horses then beggers would ride." is one i use often. i love how odd and often dated in language adages are, yet they still remain fitting in today's world. so you'll understand when i first saw hazel nicholls' work i was just charmed. i love the proverbs she uses; little pick me up's, nudges to not take life so seriously. my favorite is "you can't lose what you never had.". each is silk screened and fired on to ceramic tiles and priced so right you can buy a couple. just like adages, her tiles seem like something that could have been in your gram's kitchen yet they're so current and fresh, perfect for any room in your house. you can also buy prints at keep calm. do you have any favorite proverbs or adages you use often?