Change

Hi. I am here after having taken some time off from the site. It seems like I always embark on these self-imposed hiatuses when things in my life are going through upheaval or major change, and as someone who likes her personal life to stay as still as possible, it's been an interesting period to say the least. I have been trying to get back into the swing of things so that I can retain a sense of normalcy again. I think I am almost there.

I've been searching for a way back for awhile now, so when I came across this 4-part mural series by David de la Mano and Pablo S. Herrero, it was like I had found a visual representation of what I have been feeling over the last several months. Together, the duo created street art in various points of Winter Haven, Florida that combined humans and their interactions with nature in a way that mimics fractal-like qualities. This interweaving of patterns and veins is seen both near and far, and just when you think you're at the edge, you eventually encounter another winding road that leads to its own basket of people, situations, problems, and solutions.

The intention behind these pieces is what speaks to me most. Regardless of how mathematical and purposeful the art may seem, there is something overwhelmingly emotional about these figures and their struggle to keep control over something that's larger than themselves. I look at this and identify with the message that you can't stop even if you are tired. You have to keep going until you reach the end one day.

Wordsmith

Ever feel a tension so sharp in a room that it could cut glass and make angels bleed? Count on Wasted Rita to say what people in the room are thinking but are too cowardly to say. Her series, titled Words on Things, features personal and public thoughts that we have all had in our lifetime, some so honest that it hurts, others like a splash of cold water to our faces that makes us gasp, a few we can relate to that gives us the chuckles.

Given the amount of haranguing that happens at our workplace, at home, in school, between lovers and amongst friends, there comes a point when we can't take it anymore. For the introverted and nonconfrontational, an outburst in defense and return is not an option. So Wasted Rita provides those of us an outlet, however passive aggressive it may be, so that we may feel some reprieve. It doesn't solve anything, but it is enough to get us through another day.

Maybe this is how Wasted Rita gets through hers too. I don't make friends easily, but I admit I am captivated by her and wish she was a real presence in my life. I think her candor and blunt observation is just what the creativity industry needs in order to provide some normalcy to a land where politics and ego rule the roost. But can such things ever be tamed and brought down to earth? 

Streak

Most artists need a reference point or guide before undertaking any portrait work, but French graphic designer and illustrator Florian Nicolle doesn't require an explicit statement of what a person looks like before he starts drawing. While he structures his pieces in a way that gives us the affordance to come up with an idea of what we are supposed to be looking at, he also leaves certain parts behind so that we use our own creativity to finish them off individually. Since we aren't chained to any preconceived notion of who this character should be, we are ultimately free to decide our own analyses ourselves which ensures that each interpretation stays fresh and remains different.

Utilizing the technique known as tradigital (traditional drawings by hand plus digital touches on a computer), Florian combines the two mediums to make each deliberate brush stroke pop out even more. I want to bring your attention to the level of emotion that is laid out before you with his work because when you stare into the eyes of his subjects, their flat surfaces become instantly transformed into something that is gripping and almost real. This is the true pull that keeps viewers mesmerized, as out of nowhere, you are presented with something that is very much alive.

2011

Each year that passes by does so in a fashion that makes me wonder where the time went every time I stop and let myself think. Thanks to Polish designers Peter Jaworowski and Michal Lisowski, creative director and graphic designer respectively at Ars Thanea, I have 2011 pretty much in the palm of my hand with this illustration created for Syzygy which graphically lists out, via puzzle form, the top twenty things that happened on the internet during that year.

It is the best kind of brain teaser and for those of you who want the answer right away, the site has a nifty "Show Answers" button which divides the page up into specific boxes. Hover over each to find a little blurb about the event, and have fun googling these blasts from the past.