Monday, 27 October 2008

Out of my studio window I can see...

Recently I've spent a lot of time gazing out of my office / studio window. Not good for work or the silk paper cutting, but it allows me to gaze at the heavens and the wonders they bring. I'm also lucky enough to look out at the tallest building in the world, the Taipei 101. It's so tall that the top of the building has its own weather which streams in from the hills behind it.

This first picture was taken in June from my studio. Every afternoon there was a thunderstorm. This one seemed to be forming right over the 101, the clouds churning and darkening until they burst. Awesome stuff.Then just last week a rainbow appeared and seemed to move closer and closer towards our apartment building until it was about 500 metres away. It was the closest I'd ever been to the end of a rainbow. It too was awesome!

Monday, 20 October 2008

Kako Ueda

Kako Ueda is a Japanese artist who, for many years, has made her home New York. She cuts in paper and does something that I've been experimenting with recently (so far UNsuccessfully!) and that is painting on the paper cut.

Some of her work is mounted and framed, but some cuts are pinned to the gallery wall which emphasizes the organic nature of her work. It only took one glance at her website to realize that some of the work she produces and some of mine have great similarities.

Her heads, full of organic stuff, are like some of the heads I have produced in the past.
Here's one of Kako's.

But compared to hers mine is quite restrained.
A couple of mine.

I love the energy and visceral nature of the complex designs she produces and then to add colour to emphasize all of the above. It's Hot stuff!! Check out her website