Washington, D.C. — Stumbled across this video of the talented Corita Kent demonstrating the process of silkscreening. I never heard her voice before and it has such a soothing quality to it.
Washington, D.C.—Was so happy to see this little gem from my childhood again. (Thanks, Maria!) I wonder how the process has changed. How fun it would be to visit this factory!
Washington, D.C. — It's been a while, so I'll just jump right in and share some inspiration. I had the fortune to catch the Metropolitan Museum of Art's retrospective exhibition of the French portraitist, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, before it closed. I took a women artists course in college, and along with Artemisia Gentileschi and Rachel Ruysch, Vigée Le Brun stood out as favorites. I always loved the subtle and muted tones of her color palette and the pleasing and empathetic approach she had to depicting her subjects.
Upon seeing the paintings first hand, I was struck by her use of bolder colors like vermillion, rust reds, and carmine as accents, something I did not remember from my college days. Overall, the color of her paintings was gorgeous and inspiring. It left such an impression on me that I unknowingly bought envelopes at the paper store in her palette.
Sharing this video of a Japanese artisan at work all over the social media sphere. I found his artistry and craft deeply affecting, and not to mention the film is beautifully well made. It is the work we do with our hands that make us who we are.
Raleigh, N.C. — I visited CAM Raleigh to see Sarah Anne Johnson's Wonderland exhibition. One of her pieces, House on Fire, chronicles the disturbing experiences of her ill grandmother, who became an unknowing test subject in a CIA-sponsored psychiatrist's mind-control experiment.
Johnson cleverly uses a dollhouse to convey the twisted environment, with each room showcasing peculiarities of the psychiatrist's experiment. Her use of the dollhouse challenges what we normally expect to see and the associations we draw. Our warm and fuzzy childhood memories all give way to a feeling of dread as your eyes move voyeuristically room to room, bearing witness to the horror and perversity within. Miniaturized stacks of paper crowding a room and a single, lonely pencil on a table never seemed so ominous.
My brother jokingly commented that this must be what my office looks like.
New York, NY — Over the weekend, I made sure to set aside time to see the Egon Schiele: Portraits exhibition at the Neue Galerie before it closed. Discovering Schiele's work was one of the reasons I became an art history major in college. What struck me most back then, and again in viewing the exhibition, was the simplicity of lines and flatness of form in his drawings. Being able to see and appreciate Schiele's work in person was a beautiful experience. I was reminded how much his work has strongly influenced my own style as an illustrator.
UPDATE: The Neue Galerie just announced that the exhibition has been extended through April 20, 2015. Definitely check the exhibition out if you are able.