Lynn's Lids was one of my neighbours at the spring OOAK show this past march ... she is a talented artist who specializes in hand knitted and felted creations ... she was kind enough to feature a blog post about my artwork recently and i wanted to take this time to share with you her beautiful work ... her "sheepy dryer balls" are my favourite which not only are incredibly cute but green (as in it reduces dryer time) ...
she also makes beautiful hats, tea cosies and catnip balls!!!
last night was the 8th annual nuit blanche ... we took the kids with us and made it an evening stroll around the city ... we only got to see a fraction of the art installations before we had to head home for bedtime but we had a great time ...
one of the first installations we saw was a fun display of 5,000 pairs of socks ... i jokingly said to my husband that it was probably sponsored by a sock manufacturer ... as we walked towards the signage, low and behold it was sponsored by none other than mcgregor ... ha!
below is the eerily beautiful installation set up in the holy trinity church titled "familia" by bruno billio ... the church floors were covered in a mirror-like tiles which reflected the gorgeous painted ceilings ... a string f wooden chairs hang from the ceiling ... and the ambience and dim lighting in the church gave this piece that extra dimension
ai weiwei, a chinese artist and activist who currently has an exhibition in the art gallery of toronto was prominently displayed at toronto city hall ... this work titled "forever bicycles" symbolizes the fast changing social environment in the world ... this installation was made up of 3,144 bicycles by the brand jong jiu which literally means "forever" in chinese ... my son had a great time exploring the inside of the sculpture and spinning the wheels ...
summer has come and gone and my hiatus has come to an end ... i have collected lots of inspirations and wonderful memories this summer and i can't wait to begin the creative process again ... firstly before i post some new works, i want to share my experience a few weeks ago at ai weiwei's "according to what?" exhibition at the art gallery of ontario
ai weiwei is a chinese contemporary artist who is extremely outspoken especially after the sichuan earthquake of 2008 where thousands died ... he is currently not allowed to travel outside china due to his political activism
what i found interesting and discovered through a video interview they were playing is that most of the art aren't actually made by himself ... ai weiwei explains that he comes up with the ideas and then his team helps him make the ideas into reality ... seeing as most of his works are massive labour intensive undertakings, i can understand why ... also, his art seems to be more about the political message itself than the execution (unlike most other art genres) ...
the "moon chest"(below left) features 7 wooden chests with circular openings ... they are positioned such a way that as you walk through the installation, you experience the many different phases of the moon ... this is one of the more visually pleasing pieces of the exhibition
the "snake ceiling" (above right) is a ceiling installation made with backpacks ... this is an inspiration from the approximately 5,000 children who perished from the sichuan earthquake
han dynasty vases from 2,000 years ago are featured in the photographs above and the piece below ... ai weiwei tries to portray the idea of challenging traditional beliefs for the development of new ideas ... yet the coloured vases show that a new modern layer cannot remove the original past that still exists below
rebar from collapsed sichua schools in the aftermath of the earthquake were used for the installation below
when most of us travel the world and visit tourist attractions, we take tons of photos sometimes just of the symbol and sometimes posing in front of it ... below are 3 examples of a series of photographs that ai weiwei takes in the same situation ... what do you think he is trying to say?
frida kahlo is one of my favourite artist and when i found out that the AGO (art gallery of ontario) was putting on an exhibition (frida & diego | passion, politics and painting) of her work alongside diego rivera, i just had to go ... i'm a little behind in posting this as we had gone last month ... but better late than never ...
i have to say that bringing two little munchkins under the age of 4 to the art gallery is not highly recommended ... since this was a special exhibit, they have hourly time slots to control the crowd and you have to book it ahead of time ... as most parents would know, taking 2 little ones anywhere is quite the feat but having to be somewhere at a certain time is nearly impossible ...
we managed to get there "on time" and checked in the coats (and scarves and mittens and vests ... yes it's winter in toronto), the stroller, the food bag, NOT the diaper bag and maybe our minds ... and thought wow we can do this! ... until we went to line up for the exhibit and saw a sign that said something like "no washrooms and no re-entry" ... ummm ... do we take turns going in? ... do we put a diaper on the older one in case? ... do we chance it and hope no one will notice the smell if we have an accident? ... luckily the people there were really nice and reassured us that if we needed to take one of them out they would let us back in ...
we finally got in and as expected there were a lot of people in those few rooms ... even though it felt like you were in a movie theatre where the annoying couple in front of you keep moving their heads while you try to catch a glimpse of the artwork and at the same time you were part of a slow-moving macarena train ... it was well worth it ... because of the biographical nature of her work, seeing frida kahlo's paintings in person almost feel like you're watching her life play out right in front of you ...
the AGO did a great job in curating so many pieces ... this was truly a wonderful exhibition
here were some of my favourites:
there was also a section of photographs taken of her ... this one was one of my favourite:
her paintings are both surreal and real at the same time ... you can feel her pain and suffering ... i also love the way she incorporates the style of mexican folk art and fashion ... if you ever get a chance to see frida kahlo's work, i would highly encourage you to do so!
welcome to the world of green honeydew . i grew up daydreaming, reading fairy tales, staring into the sunset, playing sports and watching cartoons . i am a self-taught artist . i get my inspirations from my kids, my travels, nature, current events, art and mostly just my imagination . i love drawing and painting, photography, interior decorating, music and creative projects . i hope you enjoy my art, creations and random thoughts and that it brightens up your day . thanks for coming by!