Finally have my studio (bedroom) fully set up and beginning to build and stretch new geometric canvases! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!!! New work coming soon ★
While in the process of making new art I have also set aside enough time to master making macarons! I’m happy with the results~
*:･ﾟ✧ Almond Macaron w/ a Raspberry Buttercream and fresh Raspberry Purée middle /// Maple Walnut Macaron w/ a Cinnamon Brown Sugar Buttercream /// Chocolate Macaron w/ a Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream *:･ﾟ✧
Next on my list of features is my dear friend Hanan Sharifa.
Hanan Sharifa is a painter living and working in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and is currently finishing up her BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I have been good friends and artistically close with Hanan for a couple years now and it has been extremely exciting to witness her work evolve and mature over time. Over the last year, Hanan lived and studied in Oakland, California where she began to create an impressive amount of work related to her Moroccan heritage and its cultural act of weaving. Today, Hanan’s weavings, paintings, and sculptures act as an exploration of surface and form, and to better understand the relationship between traditional materials - like textiles - and contemporary art. These weavings, too, often incorporate painting on their surface to blur the lines between a weaving and a painting, as well as craft and high art. If you like what you see, be sure to follow Hanan and keep up with her work here:
Hanan’s Tumblr Hanan’s Website
Continuing my features of some of my close artistic friends, I am pleased to present Zoë Shulman.
Zoë Shulman is a painter originally from Austin, Texas, now living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Up until about a year or two ago, I stayed a quiet admirer of Zoë’s expansive work and staggering intellectual prowess. It wasn’t until recently that I got the change to really sit down with her and understand her work from her perspective. To put it simply (in a way haha), to understand Zoë’s work is to understand the cultural and metaphysical landscape in which cyberculture takes place. As a painter, Zoë’s use of color and materials in cooperation with specific geometry to create contradictory, illusionistic, sculptural and even architectural spaces based on metaphysical ideas that exist in the physical world. On top of that, Zoë’s classically trained hand creates stunning, emotive self portraits that investigate the same aforementioned ideas. If you are interested in seeing more of Zoë’s work be sure to check out these links:
Zoë’s Blog Zoë’s Website
So as I mentioned last week, over the past month I have been reconnecting with a lot of my closest artistic friends and have begun to create a personal, close-knit community of likeminded artists. Each time I see them we talk about everything from our personal lives to our artistic practice. Allow me to present the first in a number of artist features, this is Carla Alexandra Rodriguez
Carla Alexandra Rodriguez is a photographer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Within much of Carla’s artistic practice, her images acts as a cathartic exercise to expel her demons, disarm them, and learn from them. These demons include notions of inadequacy, loneliness, intimacy and other psychological experiences. For me, Carla’s images gracefully balance between the lines of shock and wonder, creating an intimate relationship between the viewer and the work. I’m proud to know Carla and excited to see where her work goes! If you like what you see, be sure to follow Carla’s Tumblr and check out more of her work here:
Carla’s Tumblr Carla’s Website
Hi there. Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. Sometimes life can get the better of you and sometimes you just need time to recharge and re-evaluate things. Since getting back to the states, a lot of my artistic process has involved me reconnecting with a lot of my closest artistic friends and establishing a better connection with them now that I am outside of school. This past month has been filled with coffee dates, late lunches, and studio visits. In the next week or two here I will be posting/featuring some of these people, along with some sneak peaks of new work in progress. I’m discovering that as an artist, it’s important to create and surround yourself with a community of like-minded creative people.
Care for yourself, support others, make art, repeat. ♥
Hey! Your work is so inventive and I was just wondering how you started to transform it into what it is today. When did you start painting in this style and how did it really develop for you? When did your work shift from realistic paintings to more conceptual icing-like crazy amazing work? (not that your realistic paintings weren't amazing!)
Hi! Thanks for the questions! I’ve been rethinking a lot of my work lately since getting back from Italy and Germany this summer and trying to understand what direction I want to take my work in now, so it’s nice to talk about my work with everything in mind :)
First off, thanks for the kind words :) It’s always really encouraging knowing that others are interested in the work I’m so invested in. To answer your questions though, I started painting in a more abstract manner - in comparison to my older more photorealistic work - around the beginning of the year (Jan/Feb 2014). To be honest, I had somewhat of a breaking point with the work I was making at the time as it was mentally, physically, and emotionally draining, especially so with the time restraints given in school. I realized that I was not 100% happy with a lot of things I was making through this strict process and that if I wanted that to continue to grow as an artist, I had to change and challenge myself by working in a new way.
Even though I am still creating work that is visually familiar (textures that resemble frosting, icing, confectionary treats, ect.) the actual process of creating was completely different in both physical and mental aspects. I was scared and confused while making the work, but I came to realize that it was a good thing. Eventually these confectionary paintings evolved. They required new shapes, and these shapes evolved to needing new materials and new sizes - as they were about completely different concepts. The last thing I want to do is restrict myself into just one style or method of working. I know now that the idea behind the work dictates what approach or method of making I use. If one painting’s idea is most efficiently conveyed through a photorealistic style, than that’s great. If another’s idea is best described through abstraction, than that’s what it needs to be. I’m beyond excited to see where my work goes now that I’m outside of school and can create on my own time. Now I just have to finish putting together my new studio and new work will be made in no time! ☆☆☆
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Acrylic on canvas
5” x 7”