Still life - a treasure trove of hidden gems
A still life can grant the artist time to study a subject in depth, to make discoveries in the available textures, to capture the light at play on an array of objects, to explore the surrounding space and negative spaces and so much more. Traditionally, a bowl of fruit was common subject matter and artists would often capture each little detail in a hyper-realistic way. Sometimes the juxtaposition of objects might be symbolic, or the tools of an artisan's trade would make good subject matter, or an arrangement of books and scholarly items perhaps. Sometimes a solitary object might have great impact and suggest it's own story, such as a worn out boot.
Blessed by inormal
In inormal's works, the relationship between objects can be striking, disturbing, surreal, unnerving, innovative, and even serene. Some works may appear like a holy tableau combining the pure and the perverse. The childhood mutant teddy is beautifully studied and the texture is meticulously captured. This is an artist whose work deserves to be explored and to be pondered over at leisure, and viewing never to be rushed.
There are no beautiful suicides just cold corpses by Gironimo
I like the combination of textures here, the contrast of the white skull against the darker, dead fallen leaves. It is a thought-provoking work and I can't help but think of it as a commentary on modern man wrapped up in his own cares and sufferings, while forgetting the past and the cost to what was lost before - I think the animal's skull suggests this, a lost of his natural habitat perhaps? Just my take on this.
Can a worn out boot tell a story, or a pair of cast off sneakers perhaps? They say you can't know a person until you are willing to walk a mile in their shoes. I wonder about the owners of the following footwear? (All having been submitted to our still life folder).
And now for some impressive drawings of ceramics and glass