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On our honeymoon, Andy bought me a framed blue butterfly to match the one I’d gotten tattooed on my wrist. I kept it in the window of my office for year, which unfortunately was a horrible idea since the sun bleached all of the lovely color from my beloved butterfly. When we went back to Savannah this past November, Andy bought me another blue butterfly from the very same shop the original came from. My original butterfly is now on the bookshelf in my bedroom and its replacement is on a bookshelf, far away from the window, in my work office.
Since that first butterfly, I’ve found myself gravitating to them more and more when it comes to home decor. Now this isn’t to say that I’ve gone butterfly crazy, just because it falls within that motif doesn’t mean that I’ll like it, but realistic renderings and framed arrangements? Now, those are right up my alley.
My collection is still quite small; I am trying to be very choosy about what I invest in. Also, Andy finds them just a tad creepy so I definitely don’t want to go overboard, but bit by bit, I am integrating them. Someday I will have a display as lovely as one of these.
There is a subtle complexity to these exquisite images by artist Amy Judd. Exploring the relationship between women and various natural elements, these images are not just “pretty”, but haunting and mysterious.
After a long weekend, a successful yoga session and an expresso brownie, I am having one of those wonderfully mellow days that almost never happen in the middle of the week. I am watching reruns of Miami Ink and flipping through my list of bookmarked pages. I first saw these images by Emmanuelle Brisson from his collection “Butterfly” a month or so ago and I knew I wanted to share them with you guys, but per usual, out of sight out of mind. Until today!
The series is entitled ‘L’air frissonne des choses qui s’enfuient,’ which translates to ‘The air shivers of things fleeing.’ Simple, feminine and a little whimsical. The last picture is my absolute favorite, I really really want a print for my office.
Images from here.
With a degree in design you would think that I would have a huge appreciation of all types of art. Sadly though, I find myself underwhelmed by a lot of the “art” being created today. My junior year of college I enrolled in “Survey of Modern Art” mostly because it fit into my schedule, but also because it satisfied one of my art history requirements, and one semester of memorizing regions, dates and materials had been more than enough.
Our classes consisted mostly of looking through various mediums and techniques being used today, but the papers we wrote were all about our opinions. The instructor Janae didn’t care about dates or names, she wanted to know what we felt about what we saw, and more importantly, why we felt that way. So my personal art philosophy was born.
I like art that makes me feel something, good or bad. (And yes I know “disinterested” is technically a feeling, but you know what I mean) These pieces by Anne Ten Donkelaar are a perfect example. At first glance, just a pretty picture, but these collages are layers and layers of intricately assembled pieces that, quite frankly, make my head hurt after looking at them for a while. But they’re cheeky, and the overall effect makes me smile and reminisce about my elementary school art classes.
Her collection entitled Broken Butterflies is equally as appealing, but it makes me so very sad. Seeing something so beautiful, damaged and ultimately un-fixable, despite some ingenious solutions, is heartbreaking. The futility of the pieces made me a little teary the first time I saw them. Super sappy and dramatic I am well aware, but something to keep in mind the next time you find yourself at a gallery or even a local craft show.