Author Archives: Ami

Emiliano Ponzi

Internationally acclaimed illustrator Emiliano Ponzi is based in Milan, Italy.  His bold illustrations employ repetition, a judicious of line, and strong graphic compositions to define and communicate the concept at hand.  His illustrations are visual metaphors that convey strong messages.  On Klat magazine he says this his style: 

“Up until a short time ago I would have said conceptual. I took elements away to arrive at the essence of things. Now I think that the essence as such is no longer sufficient. The world has exhausted the potential of less is more. Less has become vacuous, and has ended up representing nothing, superficiality.” 

“I’m at war with superficiality. You need to know life inside out. We have to understand things, get to know them, study them in depth. You find the best experiences, the most gratifying ones, deeper down, beyond appearances.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Emiliano Ponzi.

Lisa Rodden

Admiring the intricate paper cut designs of Sydney-based artist Lisa Rodden.  The artist cuts, slices, and folds thick layers of white paper on top of acrylic painting. She says the “her work is a communication of how all things are interrelated, with organic forms, textures, colour and flow being her signature. This approach brings a richness and complexity to a multitude of styles.”  She has studied sculpture, drawing, watercolor and painting in Europe and Australia. 

The artist can be followed on her website and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Lisa Rodden.

Maryam Ashkanian

Iranian fiber artist Maryam Ashkanian is the artist behind Sleep Series, a collection of pillows with portraits of sleeping people stitched onto them using a sewing machine.  Little hints of the sleeper’s personality are presented by the way the pillow is designed—from a flowered watch on one’s wrist, to a ruffle that encircles that pillow’s outer edge. The artist has an academic background in painting and brings that painterly touch to the work.  On Kashya Hildebrand website Ashkanian discusses her history with fabric: 

“My mother’s village is in Gilan (Caspian area), which is one of the main places in Iran for sewing. My childhood was embedded in textiles and sewing. Until I started at the fine arts university, I did not realize it was possible to use textiles as a medium, so I used oil painting at first. Later, I realized that oil paint was not my vision of the world. It took me awhile to understand and realize the numerous possibilities and the flexibility that textiles and sewing could bring to my practice. There were some things I couldn’t achieve in oil painting that I can with textiles.” 

You can follow the artist on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Maryam Ashkanian.