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.

Chalk It Up

Always happy to discover new and interesting platforms from which artists define their work, I came across the chalk designs of Brooklyn-based designer, Dana Tanamachi, today. While most graphic designers use computer mouses or the tried and true pen and pencil to flesh out their ideas, Dana takes to a stick of calcium carbonate to bring us into her world of black and white, block and swirl lettering, and a canvas that is regularly the size of an entire room wall. 

In her timelapse videos that give you a very linear glimpse into her process, you can see that there is one defining step that comes across every project she does: repetition. Dana frequently draws out the general outline of her intended shape, comes back to it later, erases it with a damp cloth, and reworks that component of the piece again and again until it fits. Her perseverance and endurance to make sure that everything is aligned according to her original vision is a lesson in itself about the value of persistence. By continuing to alter the course of her project's expansion until it feels right, Dana teaches us that you should never shy away from your dream, nor settle for second best.

It's Electric

If you are looking for the next great abstractionist painter, Sam Songailo is it. His art, which extends to light installations that invoke the players of Tron, incorporates bold, florescent lines into various geometric sequences throughout the canvas. These strokes are so sharp and systematic that they bring to mind other similar scientific artifices, such as the synapses in one's brain or the tracks in an underground railroad. Sam's usage of neon pink and aqua amongst a sea of primary colors hint towards a futuristic atmosphere that is both unsettling yet highly anticipated.

At first glance, I was hit with a cacophony of visual noise with dissonant color schematics clashing so deeply that I didn't know where to begin my appraisal. But once I began to stop focusing and started letting myself go, I saw a myriad of possibilities as to what these paintings could truly be. By allowing us to make up our own minds about the end result of his work, Sam has given us the greatest gift of all - transporting the design possibilities of tomorrow and bringing them into the now.