Monday, October 21, 2013

Sayuri Sasaki Hemann

Sayuri Sasaki Hemann is an artist whose recent work involves installations that depict aquatic scenes and creatures, things that she often draws her inspiration from. She creates her artwork from sewn fabric and felted wool. These images are from a recent installation in the Portland International Airport. I think that it is amazing how she creates such an ethereal, intricate environment just with her hands and simple materials. It is also interesting how she places these environments in unexpected places, such as the airport. Sayuri currently has a show at the Paper Nest here in Iowa City.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Beatrice Wood

Hi! This pottery is from artist Beatrice Wood. She lived until she was 105 and was making art up until then. She lived a really interesting life and hung out with people like Duchamp and Man Ray.  What I like about her pieces is that they are fairly simple in form, which allows her beautiful, lustrous glazes to be on full display. She experimented with and concentrated on creating these luster glazes. Some of her pieces have many handles, which I think adds a bit of whimsy and personality and also creates movement that makes them so interesting to look at.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

This is a piece made by an artist team from the UK that weave a fiberglass rod type material to create a structure and then illuminates it from beneath.  I enjoy the random cell- like organic structure of the construct and the simple lighted affect.