Friday, December 23, 2011

Irina Zaytceva

Irina Zaytceva's porcelain work is both functional and sculptural.  She is Russian born and her background is in illustration of children's book.  She has obviously used those same skills to now make china painted intricate teapots that have that same fairytale romantic feeling. lovely.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fuyuko Matsui

Fuyuko Matsui's painting are just wow.  They are haunting and disturbing but so beautiful at the same time.  She has her PhD in Japanese painting so it's not surprising to hear she says her work has a very deep historical influence of many of the great Japanese painters.  Though some find her style "grotesque" I am really attracted to the intensity of this work.

Ah Xian

Ah Xian's porcelain life castings are so beautiful. He started as a painter in China and sought political asylum in the late 80s to Australia.  His work applies traditional Chinese techniques while discussing cultural displacement and identity politics.  The intricate patterns and stories told on the ceramic canvases of each portrait are just gorgeous.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Rajni Perera

Rajni Perera is a Sri-Lanken artist based in Toronto, whose work is heavily influenced by South Asian Art but with a modern perspective.  Through her pieces she explores the idea of western culture's idea of the ethnic female body in pop culture, all the while using religious and historically based contexts. 

jin yung yu

 Jin Young Yu's work is haunting. Her sculpture fightback tears and are half invisible and at times wear masks.   I love the way they tell a story about relationships the second they are in a group or family.  Really interesting work...she uses ceramic and PVC to build these sculptures her process seems very detailed.

Kirsty Whiten

UK based artist Kirsty Whiten describes her work below with Hi*Fructose:

My new work is really personal. It’s been brewing in me for several years now, during which time I’ve had two babies, and been through the raw and brilliant process of forming a family. It has taken me a long time to get to it, and to know what I wanted to describe, but all along I’ve been collecting material from friends and co-mothers and slowly gathering. Now I am beginning a series of post-apocalyptic, naked families in psychedelic woodlands.
I really love the pinks she uses with the neon greens- fleshy nature.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Robin Schwartz

FADER Magazine, May 2006

Amelia's World: Animal Affinity
contact for more images on private galleries

My photographs are drawn from real journeys undertaken with my daughter, Amelia. I am driven to depict relationships with animals but the photographs are not documents; they are evidence of the invented worlds that we explore and the fables we enact together. Photography gives us the opportunity to access our dreams, to discover the extraordinary.

Animals and interspecies relationships have always been an important part of my work. Animals in my photographs are not represented as beastly or noble, or as props to illustrate human life but as part of our everyday world.

My daughter and I share an affinity with the animal kingdom and we play out our fantasies and explore our eccentricities by creating a cultural space where animals not only co-exist with humans, but also interact as full partners. The animals in the photographs are living creatures, participants in the dramas that the photographs capture. The world that my daughter and I explore is one where the line between human and animal overlaps or is blurred, where animals are part of our world and humans are part of theirs.

Robin Schwartz