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Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist known for her large-scale installations.  She was born in Paris in 1971 and currently lives and works in Lisbon.  Aside for her installations she has also created a series of wrapped animals blanketed with delicate patterns of handmade cotton crochet and lace.  And as the artist says “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work.”  She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. In 2012 she was the first female artist to have an exhibit at the Chateau de Versailles. On an interview with Wallpaper she says this about artists who influenced her:  

 “I am influenced by any artist that transforms my way of looking at the world. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not, it’s how it affects you and how it will rock your world. That’s what artists do, they give you a perspective, by writing a book, singing a song, by dancing, they create a window so others can look at the world from a different angle. I really like Louise Bourgeois, yes, but then I also like someone that I’d never heard of in Mexico. David Bowie changed my world, but not all music by David Bowie. If I could send a piece of music to the moon it would be Heroes. David was quite right; you can be a hero, even if it’s just for one day.”

More of her work can be viewed here on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Joana Vasconcelos

Faig Ahmed

Faig Ahmed is an Azerbaijani contemporary visual artist who is best known for his surrealist weavings which integrate visual distortions into traditional oriental rugs.   He alters the patterns with digital manipulation, pixelation, and distortion.  Ahmed’s designs are then manufactured by a group of skilled weavers paying strict attention to traditional Azerbaijani weaving techniques. In 2004 this internationally-recognized artist graduated from the sculpture program at the Azerbaijani State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. He has since exhibited worldwide in group and solo exhibitions. On an interview with Textile Artist he is quoted as follows:

 “Being an artist is not just a job or a profession – It’s a lifestyle. Neither art education or studio work can make you an artist. You have to think as an artist and live a life of an artist to become one. It’s a type of thinking.”

“Things that you need are always surrounded by tons of trash. So, try everything. Never be afraid to experiment. To make really good art you have to get free of all the strings made of concepts and cliché.”

More of his work can be found on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Faig Ahmed.

Clementine Bal

Clementine Bal is a visual artist living in Val-Revermont, France.  The French sculpting artist graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Annecy.  She creates characters that are a mixture of different animal and human forms creating a dreamlike and poetic universe.  Everything is curved, sanded carefully and then painted.  In Create Magazine she says this about her work:

“I create characters by mixing animal and human forms. I work on faces, expressions, and postures to try to give life to these creatures. They reflect my inner world, the state of mind in which I find myself, or what I would like to go towards.”  

“I like to surround myself with sweetness. This is why each little being is cared for tenderly, and sanded for a very long time. By closing their eyes, I wanted them inwardly, as in meditation.”

“My characters speak of tenderness, poetry, and empathy. These little beings communicate to us their serenity, their appeasement. I like to imagine their life, their little secrets, and that we wonder about their strangeness.”

More of her work can be found on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Clementine Bal.

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