My daughter and her family are busy packing and getting ready to move into new digs next month. As I listen to her talk excitedly during this time of transition, I find myself reflecting on the concept of house and home. I’m not the only one – it seems to be a common theme for artists. This week we look at how artists use a variety of media to depict house, home, town, city.
The artist known as Demiak ( Maarten Demmink) makes small sculptures of dilapidated houses from reclaimed materials including wood and tin. I couldn’t find much information about the artist but it looks like he creates some of the work specifically to photograph scenes of flooding and devastation.
Paris based Isabelle Bonte’s wire and paper shack-like houses are wistful. . .when I look at them, high above solid ground on their spindly wire foundations, I want to know more about the people who might dwell there. Love the ladders that don’t quite get you to the ground. . .
Continuing our international trek, another Paris based artist, Mathilde Nivet, creates pop-up landscape wall sculptures from found papers, wood and cardboard. Nivet creates set designs and window displays for a growing, impressive list of clients.
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France’s Cécile Dachary uses white cotton thread to crochet cityscape installations of houses that are simply dreamy and ethereal. As the artist reminds us,”like all cities, my city is not perfect, sometimes elegant, sometimes askew.”
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A little closer to home, Rob Matthews and Leslie Guinan combine different media with concrete in their California studio as they build large and small house sculptures rich in character. Glass, encaustic or image transfers of photographs often find their way into the structures, creating a surprising harmony.
Rob Matthews and Leslie Guinan
Featured Artists Week of August 19, 2013
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