Sunday, February 26, 2012

Joey's book !

Hi everybody!
I finally managed to find time to work on Joey's Shephard Fairy.
I chose to work with this image of the woman peeping from behind two curtains, because it is how I feel: peeping behind a dark curtain, to darker sides of life, and peeping behind a light curtain, to sunny sides of life. What will the future be? Some important choices are to be made. It will surely be a mixture of both, as life is seldom black and white...
The curtains are a collage of fine japanese paper. The drawing is in Amsterdam Acrylic and ink.

So Tim, did you catch up or do I bring the book to Nathaly (I'm not totally sure to be ready yet. I have to sleep on it until next weekend). Is it OK if I make only 2 pages? Or should I absolutely make a 3rd one?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ode to Frida

molyx82 Frida Theme by 3MW
molyx82 Frida Theme, a photo by 3MW on Flickr.

For this book I employ Frida's frequent theme of devastating loss. A little back story on this entry will probably help. I am blind in one eye. My parents and doctor don't know if I was able to see before they removed a cataract at age 4, but it is doubtful. Borrowing from two elements in the first entry of this book, I resurrected the red ribbon and cut out motifs. Frida often used banners and text within her work. Within the red banner I have written "Vero cleramente con uno, lo que es invisibe para dos." Which can be loosely translated to mean "I see clearly with one what is invisible with two." For the cut out, I removed the area where my right eye should be. This was a somewhat cathartic piece.

I found myself looking at "A few small nips," "The two Fridas" and of course the many self portraits. There are several works with split backgrounds, and I used that concept to help transition from the gray clouds of albina's entry into by own. Danica, I hope this meets your approval. For those of you who still need to work in this book, I found the following site particularly helpful for its visual timeline.

Monday, February 13, 2012

danica's book is done and ready to go!

Hello, everyone! I have finished Danica's Frida-inspired book, and it will be going out to Melissa today.

Little about the image I created: Frida's work is very personal, often depicting physical pain and emotional suffering she had to live with, and because of the abundance of self-portraits, it was hard for me to figure out how to best creatively interpret spirit of Frida without simply copying her work. I also really didn't want to dive into self-portrature :) What I ended up doing is drawing on the iconography of Frida Kahlo, but not exactly on her style of painting. Three of her pantings served as a basis for my interpretation : The Two Fridas - heart and stormy skies; Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird - I used the elements of her necklace from that wonderful portrait, though I changed the form of thorns; Roots - plant vines. Here is the result, "Roots and Wings":

moly_x_82: danica's book, albina's entry