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Hiding in Plain Sight. Flora Borsi

It can be so easy to push what we are or what we’re feeling back into the depths.  Everyday life necessitates that we “get on with it” and we genuinely want to.  But not being real with ourselves and with the people around us leads to surface relationships in which we just can’t be real.  This series by Hungarian artist Flora Borsi beautifully seems to illustrate the struggle to balance self protection and vulnerability.

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We need those people in our lives we can get real with.  The ones that will cry with us, listen to us, laugh us through the weeping.  Maybe we think no one else will understand our struggle.  But if we never give them the chance, how will we know?

Borsi mixes photographic elements with painting techniques to create these emotionally charged images.  To see more of Flora Borsi‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via I Need a Guide.

Troy Moth

There is such a magic and a mystery to the natural world surrounding us.  The way trees grow, skies shift, often seem to be inherently artful and purposeful.  The work of Canadian artist Troy Moth gives expression to those dreamful moments.

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When Mr. Forager and I are out hiking, sometimes we stop talking and just listen to the forest– trees creaking, the rustle of birds in a bush, a breeze gently rattling branches.  Occasionally we come across a particularly lovely tree, stroke its bark and imagine it breathing and taking in the enormity of its long and vast life.  I wonder how these beings know how to find the food, how to find the light.  We make it such a struggle, they make it seem so effortless.

To see more of Troy Moth‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

The Artsy Nature: Joshua Tree & Karen Silve

While Mr. F and I were reluctant desert-dwellers and are sure to steer clear in the summer months, I’ll be the first to admit that spring in the desert is absolutely enchanting.  What has been dry and dormant for months on end comes to life with color!

This post is the second in a new series, The Artsy Naturein which I pair a photograph from our travels and forays into the wild with a work of art in which I find a reminder of that moment.

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photo | cholla blooming in Joshua Tree, CA

art | Wildflowers 1 by Karen Silve

 

Though I have no idea the original inspiration for Karen Silve‘s Wildflowers 1 ( cropped above ), the palette of yellows and greens instantly takes me back to our desert spring.  It was a time when we knew our own arid wandering would soon come to end and life was filled with dreaming of new beginnings.  That spring was also a time of renewal for both of us, I remember us both brimming with energy and creativity, just as Silve’s painting is awash in lively movement.

Check out The Artsy Nature archives for more in the series!

Photo by Artsy Forager, art image credit linked above.

Delicate Dramas: Isabelle Menin

Have you ever thought about the stories unfolding around you?  I don’t mean what the neighbors are up to, but the countless big and tiny worlds humming along around us, hardly aware of our presence?  As Mr. Forager & I were backpacking in the Trinity Alps last weekend, it struck me how very small we humans are in this vast world, and yet how self-important, while the majority of life on earth couldn’t care less who we are and what we do.  The work of Belgian artist Isabelle Menin seems to illustrate those teeming microcosms so blissfully unaware of our presence.

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Menin creates these flowery domains by photographing flowers and then using digital software to layer, manipulate, and bring forth explosions of color and light.  The resulting images are incredibly mysterious and sensual, almost operatic in their style– filled with melodrama and small, elegant nuances.  There is a feeling of emergence and immersion, that walking out of darkness into light and vice versa.  I might seriously consider giving up this world for hers.

To see more of Isabelle Menin‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

On the Road: Matt Sawyer

Thanks to this gypsy-like lifestyle we’ve chosen, Mr. Forager and I find ourselves on frequent road trips.  Whether journeying to our next destination or exploring our current spot, we’ve put a lot of miles on our little Hyundai!  Each stretch of highway has its own personality and Seattle artist Matt Sawyer beautifully captures the atmosphere of the view from four wheels.

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prints available through the Artsy Forager Collection for Mantle Art

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An analog fine art photographer, Sawyer’s work has this beautiful signature palette– desaturated yet strong color and light that is reminiscent of those mornings when you rise before the sun to hit the road and evenings when you decide to just try to make it a little bit farther before stopping for the night.  There is a quietness about this series, as if you’ve turned the radio off, stopped talking and just listened to the road as it passes.  It has stories to tell, we just have to listen.

To see work by Matt Sawyer, please visit his website.  Be sure to check out the collection of Matt’s prints available in the Artsy Forager Collection for Mantle Art!

All images via the artist or his blog.

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Ombre Skies: Jordan Sullivan

There definitely isn’t much from our time in the desert we’ve missed.  But the desert skies truly are incredible.  In our six months in Joshua Tree, we were treated to some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets we’ve ever seen and the most glorious blanket of stars each night.  While not ultimately for us, we can easily admit the desert can be a magical place.  Los Angeles photographer Jordan Sullivan turned his lens to another California Desert, Death Valley, and the results are breathtaking.

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In these large scale ( 24×36 & 40×60 ), small edition c-prints, Sullivan captures the delicate shifts in the desert’s cycle.  Colors melt and merge into one another like watercolors.  These are from the Water & Light sub series, yet easily be desert skies.  That’s one of the most incredible things about the desert– there are few fences, few boundaries, everything drifts one into another, so that all the parts become the whole.

To see more of Jordan Sullivan‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Cable Guy: Andy Mattern

If there was ever a series of photographs I could relate to, Cable Management is it.  In this series, Albuquerque artist Andy Mattern documents “the process of reconstructing domestic space”, specifically the often frustrating task of figuring out which cable goes where.

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As Mr. F and I move so frequently and live in furnished rentals when we do, we’re often faced with the challenge of learning a whole new layout ( which often involves crashing into walls in the middle of the night for the first week or so ), as well as new appliances and remotes.  For the artist, the process of relocating and managing the electronic connections and accoutrements has become a sort of “Zen activity”.  For this series, instead of documenting the actual living spaces, the artist composed mock walls and arrangements.  The outlets and cables snake up and along the walls, almost taking on an anamorphic quality, the power of connection coursing through their wires.

To see more of Andy Mattern‘s work, please visit his website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Uprise Art.

Fogged In: David Ryle

There are so many things I’d never experienced before living on the West Coast.  In Florida, I don’t think I ever experienced “marine layer“, these air masses create the most beautiful foggy formations above the coastal waters.  Of course, everyone loves bright, clear skies, but there is a mysterious beauty to life seen through a fogged lens.  In his Steam Portraits series, photographer David Ryle creates these sensitive captures of portraits seen through or looking through a curtain of steam.

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We all have our days when it feels like we’re moving through the fog.  Bogged down, without a clear vision of the road ahead.  What’s so lovely about these portraits is that although the subjects are seen gazing through the vapor, in most cases much of the haze is already depleted.  There is something incredibly hopeful in that– to know that although we may be temporarily socked in, slowly, surely, the fog will lift and all will be revealed.

To see more of David Ryle‘s work, please visit his website.

 

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via I Need a Guide.

Who We Inherit: Marie Hudelot

One of my favorite things about babies and children of family and friends is looking at them and seeing how their parents come through.  Whether in their physical attributes or personalities, it always amazes me to see glimpses of parents or grandparents in a new unique little personality.  In her Heritage series, French artist Marie Hudelot  explores the cultural heritage between an East and West family legacy, specifically France and Algeria.

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Just as we are each conglomerations of generations of hereditary history, in Hudelot’s conceptual portraits we see symbolic aggregations to create emblematic figures.  Faces covered, the figures could be anonymous representations of previous generations.  How much of who we become is influenced by those who came before?  Whether genetic or cultural, we are all in some way the product of past generations.

To see more of the work of Marie Hudelot, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Trendland.

Insert the Artsy: Black and White Art, 3 Rooms 3 Styles

Choosing artwork for your home can be an intimidating process.  Sometimes we fall in love with a piece of work but wonder how in the world we would ever incorporate it with our current style?!  You know that old adage, buy what you love and somehow it will work?  I’m here to prove it’s true.  Let’s say you fall for this bold black and white art pair by this month’s Featured Artist, Alexandra Bellissimo.

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 the antagonist | the guardian

They’re strong.  They’re daring.  They’re a little weird but totally fabulous.  Now where can you put them?  The best thing about graphic black and white art like these is that they can add a sense of the unexpected to anywhere they hang.

1 | fierce romance This fantastical pair are like creatures from a dark fairy tale.  Hung off to the side above the antique sofa in a romantic bohemian living room, The Antagonist and The Guardian would add just the right amount of sass to counteract the sweet.

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art by alexandra bellissimo | interior image found here

2 | sleek soak In the bath is often the very last place we consider for artwork, but these guys are just screaming to add a little of the unexpected to your personal spa.  They’re graphic so maybe placement in a contemporary bath seems like a no-brainer, but their organic sci-fi feel compliments the space in a fresh way.

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art by alexandra bellissimo | interior image found here

3 | rustic edge Maybe you love rustic decor but don’t want to completely live the cowboy life?  The his and her pairing is perfect for a bedroom and this black and white art would provide a fantastic juxtaposition against a wood feature wall.  Want to edge it up even more?  Add an extra wide white mat and simple contemporary frames in a bold color like yellow or bright green.  Boom.  You’ve turned up the sophistication to 11.

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art by alexandra bellissimo | interior image found here

Have a room you need some artsy help with?  Or art you love but not sure how to style in your room?  I can help with that!  Check out my Forager Services page for details.  Love this pair by Alexandra Bellissimo?  Check out her site AND stay tuned for some news here and on the Mantle Art site for affordable, limited editions prints coming soon!

All image sources linked above.

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