There is something about using multiple images and poses in one portrait that I just adore! The pastel work by Jane Radstrom remind me of romantic double exposed photography. Focusing on the nuances and expression of body language Jane’s work shows a realistic portrayal of her girls. I like how she’s managed to capture a split second movement looking right into their soul…
Using paint in various states of liquidity Jackie Saccoccio abstract, colourful paintings comprise of 10-15 layers. Her work is opulent and a joy to see – so much abstraction is too concerned with being an intense, abject experience. I like how the paint flows in different directions and creates a network of untraceable lines. These should definitely brighten up your day…
Recently exhibited at The Sarah Cottier Gallery Jamie North’s sculptures ‘Terraforms’ are created using a mix of cement, limestone, marble waste, steel slag and coal ash. He infuses these large industrial forms with plants native to Australia. They grow within the sculpture and slowly infiltrate the man made structures. They remind me of how nature slowly reclaims back decaying abandoned buildings – just beautiful!
See more of Jamie North’s work on his website here.
Anyone on a new year diet, look away now… Manila based illustrator Monica Ramos has created these cute, pastel coloured illustrations picturing people bathing in their favourite breakfast cereal and even carb overload pasta bake! Aren’t they just scrumptious?…
If you like these, you’ll love the rest of her work. See more illustration here.
I adore gardening and dream of having my own lush greenhouse so these surreal paintings by Jeremy Miranda appeal to me. Working in acrylic paint Jeremy creates structures radiating warm light within a sparse environment. Inspired by nature, technology and memory I love how inviting his greenhouse like homes are.
I have to admit I’ve never read any of Kate Mosse’s work, but I was drawn to her new novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter by it’s intriguing blurb…
Is Constantia who she seems – is she the victim of circumstances or are more sinister forces at work? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Gifford House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop?
I found it quite disjointed to begin with, possibly due to not having the time to get into it properly. However, the tale begins with and delights in the technicalities of Contantina’s trade (AKA: Connie), learned from her father who was once one of the best taxidermist of the time. Despite detailed descriptions of taxidermy, as Connie works on her recent Jackdaw project Mosse manages to create a romantic atmosphere with descriptions that are fascinating as opposed to repulsive. Since a mysterious event that has left Connie with no memory of the past the plot involves her mind recuperating after events 10 years previous.
As her memory slowly returns she meets her love interest Harry and soon after strange things begin to happen in the village. The body of a girl is discovered at the bottom of her garden and along with looking after her alcoholic father Gifford, Connie is subject of whispering’s and rumors in the village. Along with the traditional folklore still rife in Fishborne The Taxidermist’s Daughter has the feel of more of a Victorian pastiche. It has a wonderful feel to it, as the mystery unfolds the pace quickens and the sense of menace is never far away. Climaxing with a devastating storm, I could quite literally envisage the rising water and feel the battering wind, the final pieces of Connie’s jigsaw are put together and her memory returns. The true terrors of what happened 10 years ago are revealed.
The characters within The Taxidermist’s Daughter are easy to identify with, making the macabre turn of events even more shocking. I didn’t see it coming and despite being slow in some places Mosse has created a ethereal Gothic thriller full of intrigue and mystery. Throughout the book excerpts from a taxidermy manual, detailing the methods used in the preservation of specimens are quite distracting from the story and a tad unnecessary – Mosse’s writing needs no tricks. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Taxidermist’s Daughter, I just wish I had read it quicker!
If you liked this you may also like The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
Stockholm based artist and illustrator Nina Lindgren creates intricate cardboard cities, pieced together with care and with teeny tiny window’s lit up. It makes you wonder what wonderful stories each little home hides. Hanging about 2 metres in diameter don’t you just want to peek into the floating cities windows like a giant?
This stunning piece was exhibited at ArtRebels gallery, Copenhagen, May-June 2014 and you can see more of her work on her fantastic website here.
Last year I featured my very first artist interview with the wonderful artist Malcolm Ryan, it was one of your favourite posts ever on Brogues In A Coffee Bar! After interviewing him about his beautiful work a friendship has blossomed and he has been kind enough to send me a sneak preview of some new work that he’s been working on… I just had to share!
Inspired by a recent trip to London Malcolm Ryan has captured the hustle and bustle of the city and yet manages to imbue a stillness to the scene, as if time has stopped in the most perfect moment. His work always give me shivers…