Friday, March 16, 2007

Great Art

These are wearable sculptures by the
artist Nick Cave. I've just discovered
his work via some images found in an Art
in America from last fall....
This series of works are his "Sound Suits" and
he's gaining a lot of well-deserved recognition
for them. I found these images at
Jack Shainman Gallery from his October
2006 exhibit....

Just look at that gorgeous, HUGE thing!
As Nick Cave is primarily a performance
artist, these sculptures fall into the realm
of wearable, costume design. They are
made to rattle and hum with the wearer's

Another brilliant piece of sculpture. I LOVE
the magical realism element of this work.

This one is the Flower Sound Suit.
These constructions evoke a dark mardi gras....
It must be wonderful to wear one of these and to dance.....
I would do it in a hearbeat.

Read more about Nick Cave and see more images
of the Sound Suits at MOCA Jacksonville.

I couldn't leave you without another orchid note.
'Volcano Queen' and her second blossom for me.
Don't they look like little flames?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Painting update....and a blossom!

This painting cruised along so fast, I felt like I was
just along for the ride! I am really pleased with the
way it's turning out. There are just a few more
finishing touches to put on it. I still don't have
a title for it yet, though. Well, that's not entirely true.
I have a title...I think people with think it's too
simple and direct and.....I'm afraid it'll sound stupid.

My title for this painting is, "Decisions."

Here are the 'decisions' themselves. See how each
leaf shape represents an experience, and one experience
is always inextricably connected to many others of
its like? See how we must weave our knowledge and
experience into thoughts and actions that propel
us forward into new things and change?

Decisions come out of balancing many experiences,
thoughts, and priorities....some more
crucial and important than others......

And to leave you with a lighter image....
The new Epidendrum I bought in Hawaii is
blooming! Meet "Volcano Queen," the sassiest
new critter in my collection. This flower is only
one inch in diameter. There are 7 buds on the
plant now. At Akatsuka Gardens, I saw an
older, mature version of this orchid that
had 50 blossoms on it. I fell instantly in love.