Wild. Allison Gildersleeve.

As a somewhat fledgling painter exploring the nature of environments myself, I’m always intrigued by how other artists interpret the scenes we experience.  In her paintings, New York artist Allison Gildersleeve paints the simultaneous experiences of small, hemmed-in parcels of wilderness.

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When I paint these woods, I want it to feel as if all the stories that took place there are unfolding simultaneously.

The artist takes reference from the same scene as experienced multiple times over the seasons, layering each impression over the next.  The resulting cacophony is like a beautiful mapping of the emotional weight of each place.  For every person who walked through, every child who played tag, there is a bit of themselves and their memory left behind long after they’ve trod that ground.

To see more of Allison Gildersleeve‘s work, please visit her website.  if you happen to be in New Hampshire, you can catch her solo show at Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in Walpole until January 20th.

All images are via the artist’s website and the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery website.  Artist found via Christina Foard.

Consumptions. Kira Nam Greene.

Food and sex.  Let’s face it, our American culture is pretty much obsessed with two things.  Yet we often want to deny how much each matters to us.  We are somehow above such base desires.  In her work, Asian American artist Kira Nam Greene explores the dichotomy in a fascination of the objectification of women by portraying them as highly styled, delectable food.

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A self confessed food lover, cuisine has often been the focus of Greene’s work, as she combines Eastern motifs and symbols with ubiquitously American foods like Skippy Peanut Butter and a stack of pancakes.  In thinking of the food as shorthand for the female body, I began to notice the treatment of the food in composition– elevated on a pedestal, as an award, the object of leering attentions.

Kind of makes you rethink that phrase, “you are what you eat”, doesn’t it?

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Jenny Brown on Instagram.  If you aren’t already following Jenny, you need to be!

Learning Process. Benjamin Adelmann.

Many artists work in series format.  For some, the subject of the series is determined by the subject of the work– oceanscape, abstract, pop culture, etc.  But for Los Angeles artist Benjamin Adelmann, a series of work is often dictated by the process through which the artist arrives at his final destination.

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Whether through beginning in a completely abstract composition or with a previously composed work manipulated through editing software and repainted as manipulation, Adelmann’s work feels more about what happens on the journey than what is waiting upon arrival.  It’s a lesson I’m striving to embrace myself these days– that act of getting lost in the process and learning my way through it.  That relinquishing of what I have in mind for a final outcome and just following where the path may lead.

To see more of Benjamin Adelmann’s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Connecting Threads. Happy Red Fish.

Our current vagabondish lifestyle can make it difficult to create new connections.  Sometimes we are only in one spot for 13 weeks, which seems hardly long enough to foster lifetime relationships.  But occasionally, we come across those people with whom we instantly click.  Those that we feel like we’ve known all along.  That connective act, that fostering of the newfound with our own memories brings to mind the work of Happy Red Fish AKA Dutch artist Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen.
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Our friend Veronica has a way of describing those people with whom we feel instantly at ease– she calls them “zero people”.  Now that may sound a bit insulting, but it means they are those rare friends who require zero energy.  We don’t have to put on a show.  They get our jokes and understand our hearts.  It’s funny that some of our shortest stays while traveling have yielded some of the best connections.  It’s something we’ve been learning along the way– when you happen across those kindred spirits, take every opportunity to foster the connection.  We need more zero people in our lives.

To see more of Happy Red Fish‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Filtered Visions. Matt Crump.

Instagram has changed the way we see the world.  OK, maybe that’s giving the ubiquitous photo sharing app too much credit.  But perhaps it has unleashed in many of us the desire to capture not only what we see, but how we see.  The “candy colored minimalism” of photographer Matt Crump gives us a glimpse into one way of seeing the world around us.

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I’ve found myself thinking about the way we edit and filter our experiences through the photographs we post.  Often when Mr. F and I are out hiking or taking in a particularly moving scene, I reach for my camera or phone, but know as I snap the shutter that what I feel in that moment won’t be captured with the lens alone.

On the other hand, are we being conditioned to appreciate and applaud the manipulated version of life more than the natural?  Or perhaps we are drawn to images like these for their transformative and transporting effect?  Maybe it isn’t a question of one or another.  And that’s OK.

To see more of Matt Crump‘s work, please visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

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

Evidence of Life. Erin Raedeke.

I stil vividly remember spending days with my mom, sister-in-law, and grandfather going through my grandmother’s things after she was gone.  How very adamantly he wanted her things to go on in this life, even when she did not.  I’m not as attached to material things as I once was, yet when a person has lived with and used and touched objects I do believe they become sort of intertwined with that person’s spirit for a time.

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We each have different ways of interacting with the things around us– from the way we set the table to the way we hang ( or don’t hang ) up our towels.  My grandmother’s clothes, while jammed into every available closet space, where meticulously well cared for and carried her scent long after she no longer wore them.

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After a loved one is gone, we want to cling to every precious memory and momento.  Even the most insignificant little object can carry with it great meaning.  But as time goes by, the memories don’t fade, yet our need to grasp those objects close often does.  It’s as if our loved ones spirit hangs about as a comfort to us for a while and, when we are ready, it gently lets us go.

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These still life paintings by Erin Raedeke brought to life for me this concept of a memorial and spiritual attachment to things and the unique way we interact with not just the things we use each day, but how we use material things to remember the people we love.

To see more of Erin Raedeke’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Dynamic Quiet. Leslie Kenneth Price.

As I type this post, I feel keenly aware of the quiet around me.  The hum of the refrigerator and the occasional noise from the street above are the only sounds meeting my ears.  How often do we allow this type of quiet in our days?  The elimination of modern noise is one thing that we love about hiking and backpacking.  While living in Seattle, it was especially noticeable when we got out of the cacophony of the city and up into the tranquility of the  mountains.  In his work, Northern California artist Leslie Kenneth Price takes his inspiration from the natural world and serves up work that draws us into the teeming life happening in the quiet that surrounds our noise.

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I happened upon the Price’s work when visiting Sewell Gallery back in April and loved it, keeping it in the back of my mind ever since.  A peek at his website recently found me falling deeply in love with this new series of paintings, Verano.  His use of color, movement, and texture alone are enough to draw me in, but in listening to the artist talk of the influence of nature on his work truly resonated with my own experience and spirit.

I found myself nodding along and thinking, yes,that’s exactly how I feel! over and over again.  A true artistic soulmate.

To see more of the work of Leslie Kenneth Price, please visit his website.

All images & video are via the artist’s website.

Constructions. Ryan Sarah Murphy.

Like any other couple, Mr. F and I talk a lot about our future.  One frequent topic of discussion these days is our future home.  To build or not to build.  What does our ideal home look like? Maybe I’ll just convince Mr. F to base our design on one of these collages by New York artist Ryan Sarah Murphy.

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Using found cardboard on book pages, Murphy fashions these abstract collage constructions that seem one part architectural rendering, one part abstract painting.  The torn edges lending a landscape quality, making them like grounded fantasies.  I’ll take the second from the top, please!

Find more of Ryan Sarah Murphy‘s work on her website and get a peek inside her process by following her on Instagram.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Facing Forward. Alejandra Atares.

I’m back, dear Artsies!  Ready to hit the ground running in this new year.  I’m not sure what 2015 will bring but what I do know is that I can no longer hang in limbo.  It’s time to put my face forward and get back to it.  As I reflected upon the prospect of beginning again, I was drawn to paintings by Barcelona artist Alejandra Atares.

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Moving ahead after lingering in the unknown can be scary and intimidating.  There is a fear of beginning something exciting only to have to abandon it mid-stream. But as I like to tell Mr. Forager, the ultimate dreamer/planner..

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

He just loves it when I quote John Lennon to him!  In the end, we never know what tomorrow will bring, even when all of our loved ones are whole and well.  So we must embrace life as it is in this very moment while looking forward with hope and anticipation.

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

Hi again.

I’m still here!

As Christmas nears and I’m finally settling back into life with Mr. Forager, I thought I would check in with you, dear Artsies, and let you know what’s been happening over the last few months.

First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the sweet and thoughtful comments, messages, and emails.  They truly were a balm for my soul and often came at the times when I needed them most.

Going home was harder than I ever imagined it would be.  My mom’s initial reaction to the super strong doses of chemo left her body incredibly weak and thin.  I wish I could say that improved while I was there.  The stress of watching my mom struggle, of watching her decline, and being away from my dear husband made for an emotional few months.

I think Mr. F and I underestimated how difficult it would be for us to be apart.  To go through those emotions each day may have been a bit more bearable had I been able to go home to my own bed and the arms of my husband every night.  So mid-November, we decided to set a date for me to return home.  My mom and I had already talked about it, she knew I couldn’t stay forever.  Just as I know that she won’t be here forever.

The week before my flight, Mom’s oncologist determined that she needed to halt chemo treatment.  Although it was working to a degree, the chemo was doing her body more harm than good.  So we made Thanksgiving a very special day, surrounded her with her favorite foods and people and traditions.  A CT scan was to be done on the next Tuesday, and I left the following Friday.  Unfortunately, the CT scan showed an inoperable mass on her liver.  My mom is left with two options for further treatment and the option to stop treatment altogether. The odds aren’t good for either of the treatment options.  Depending on her decision, I may be headed back to Florida early next year.

But for now, I’m back in California with Mr. F.  Enjoying our time together and waiting.  Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers!

Hope to be back in full swing soon.  Hope your holidays are filled with love!

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