My name is Laura and this is my blog. I am a 23 year old artist living in North Carolina. There's no real theme here, I just post what I like and things I think are interesting. Cats, crafts, art, design, fashion, and a tiny dash of politics every now and then. Enjoy!
My stitching practice centres around ideas of beauty and ugliness and the conventions that determine which is seen as which. I am interested in why some characteristics of bodies are considered beautiful and others ugly or disgusting.
For some of my recent work I have been looking at plastic surgery, implants, use of fillers etc. – the desire to change anything which fails to comply with the conventional ideal, e.g. large noses, small breasts, fat bellies and bottoms, stretch marks, body hair. - Sally Hewett
These are beautiful.
Very creative use of materials, and all around great concept!
The sculptures of Israeli ceramicist Ronit Baranga flirt with the boundary between desire and repulsion. Baranga sculpts delicate lips and sensual fingertips, planting these tools of seduction in places where we least expect to find them. Plates and bowls grow mouths ready to lick and kiss. Caressing hands multiply until they turn into mutant, plant-like growths. These sensual features begin to seem invasive and frightening when stripped of their humanity and presented as inanimate objects. Take a look at some of Ronit Baranga’s sculptures below, images courtesy of the artist.
For the series I chose to focus on text, working with proverbs from cultures around the world that focus on woman’s work. It consists of an open series (over 100) of industrial bobbins, each wrapped with paper threads that have printed on them a repeated proverb about women’s work. Here is a small selection of proverbs:
“The threaded needle judges the girl.” (Spanish, Argentina)
“The only skill that women have is turning the spinning wheel.” (Hebrew)
“A household with a woman is like a flower bed, a household without one like a wasteland.” (Uzbek)
“A wife is the best piece of furniture.” (Dutch)
“However smart a woman may be, she will end up in the kitchen.” (Indonesian)
“Do not humiliate your wife; she is your home.” (Ovambo, Angola/ Namibia)