This week I am going with random works of art that caught my eye and my heart and made me wish that I had f**k-you money. Just so I could buy one of each and have them close by forever.
Barnaby Carver aka Barn the Spoon carves spoons. Only spoons. He gives that spoon a word or a phrase: profane, loving or obscure – etched into the back or side. And he won’t carve that word or phrase again – allowing him to keep an accurate record of the spoons he has created. He puts that spoon up for sale and sends it out into the world – knowing there will only ever be the one. Simple, singleminded and beautiful. Take a moment to check out Barn’s site – see how he has made really something special out of a simple display idea – just by turning it on its side.
Susanna Bauer works “with found natural objects. Leaves, stones and pieces of wood: “…ephemeral things, easily overlooked.” She gently transforms dry, brittle leaves into delicate sculptures using that most unhip of techniques – crochet. The result is a fragile piece of work that’s simple and strangely moving: “There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.”
Korean painter Kwang-Ho Lee creates giant paintings of cacti bristling with hyperreal thorns and tangled branches. His paintings can be up to 8 feet tall – incredible when you consider that each deftly applied stroke of paint is barely wider than a human hair.
Awkward to look at but so beautiful. English artist Jill Moger looks at spiny imperfect and reptilian brute and creates beauty. This sculpture ‘Octopus on Brain Coral’ was brought to my attention by the clever Eddie Clarke who knew I would covet it. And I so do.
(Images copyrighted to their creators. Barn’s spoons via Spitalfields Life)
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