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Buggy & Beautiful

Well, those are two words I don’t usually associate with one another. Living in Florida with its warm muggy weather, I have seen more than my share of creepy crawlies over the years, and like most people, I’m not a fan. The thoughts of swarms of bugs covering walls, all Temple of Doom style, honestly makes me a little queasy. But when I saw photos of one such installation at Wollaton Hall, England, I had to admit that maybe I might have been a bit quick to judge. The installation was created by artist Anna Collette Hunt and is called Stirring the Swarm.

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Stirring the Swarm is a ceramic installation that tells a curiously dark tale, inspired by the collection of Entomology in the Natural History collection at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, England. The exhibition lures viewers into this macabre story as they find these enchanted insects, gathered following their flight from the previous infestation.Bug7 Bug3 Bug4

A static swarm of  10,000 thousand of handmade ceramic insects infest the space, each one unique and strikingly beautifulBug5Bug1 Bug2

The amount of work it took to create and coordinate these specimens is impressive. So maybe bugs aren’t always as bad as I think they are. I am completely okay with them when they are gilded and not real.

All images from Anna Collette Hunt.


Oana Befort

For a while now, I’ve been following blogger/artist Oana Befort online. Her blog is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at her process, a peak at her personal life, and a few freebies to spruce up your desktop. I initially saw some of Oana’s work on Pinterest. I liked her whimsical water colors, and her subject matter – plants and animals – was right up my alley.

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You can find her original work, affordable prints, and a few temporary tattoos in her Etsy shop. All of the pieces above are part of her Flora & Fuana collection; the Sleepy Hare, featured first, is my current favorite. I am hoping to get a print for my office once it is available in her online shop.

Image from here.


Dandelion

Artist Isabelle Chapuis teamed up with Duy Anh Nhan Duc to collaborate on a series of flower enhanced portraits. The first being”Dandelion” and the second called “Etamine”. The artists have some really beautiful philosophies and ideas that lead to the gorgeous images below, and you can read all about it in the original article and see more of portraits on Issabelle’s website, but I want to take a step back and tell you what my first thought was when I saw these images.

As soon as I opened the article, I had a flash back to a much younger me, hunting around my backyard for the ever present dandelion weeds. We weren’t really sod or landscaping people; we kept the grass mowed…most of the time, but that was it. I remembered the delight I felt when I would find a stalk with its downy head still intact, how I would close my eyes tight, puff out my cheeks, and blow the seeds into the air, allowing the breeze to carry my wishes to far away lands. I looked at these photos, and all I could think was “they’re covered in wishes“: some still holding their possibilities tight, and others spent and covering the subjects in a veil of hoping and dreaming.

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A little silly, right? But with all of the dandelions used for this project, you know someone had to have tucked a fervent little wish into at least one of the hundreds of seed pods.

All images from isabellechapuis.com


A Modern Mermaid Tale

We all know that relationships don’t always work out “happily ever after”. Evidently, this also holds true for mythical creatures, as you can see in this photo series by artist Anton Konashuk.

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Beautiful, but a little bit heart breaking. You’d think giving up the sea for someone would be enough to keep them from passing out drunk while you cook dinner, even if the chain smoking got to be a bit much. Wait…is he passed out or did he die from second hand smoke? Is this a commentary about the dangers of smoking?  Actually, the biggest problem I have with her is that she left the poor cat. “Take the goldfish and leave the adorable kitty”, said no one ever. Then again, my priorities might be a bit off.


Broken & Beautiful

In May, florist Lisa Waud filled an abandoned Detroit home with 4000 flowers over 48 hours, creating an installation that was both wistfully beautiful and heartbreakingly fragil. Drawing inspiration from the 2012 Dior show outside of Paris and the wrapped Pont Neuf bridge in Paris by Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Waud put her plan into motion by purchasing two abandon properties for $500, one to use for the May preview and one for a larger installation piece to be completed in October. Here are some amazing shots of the preview.

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The full installation, to be unveiled in October, will include over 100,000 blooms. I can only imagine how breathtaking it will be. One of the things I love most about this project is the long term plan for the home; after the final event the structures will be dismantled, recycled, and the space used to grow flowers.

This piece really touched my heart. I feel like our homes can become part of our families. Their walls protect us, and their roofs shelter us. They give us a safe space to live our lives, and it makes me so sad to see them abandoned and unloved. It’s like the artist and her assistants are giving these structures one last hurrah, allowing them to go out being part of something beautiful and special, and when the curtain falls, their pieces are going to be used to create new stories. Not a bad way to go out.

 

Images from here.