Today I came across images of recycled and lumber wood sculptures by the artist Morgan Herrin. It’s always a nice feeling when you come across a new artist, particularly when you like their work! Herrin takes inspiration from classical sculpture to create inventive and decorative pieces which can often take up to a year to produce. Nonetheless, I’m apparently behind everyone else in my discovery, including Lance Armstrong who bought some of Herrin’s work in 2007!
Wishing you all a great weekend!
Ramon Todo combines stone and polished glass to create gorgeously striking sculptures. Although the contrast in the two materials at first appears stark, Todo aims to highlight their common origin. The translucent segments of cut glass appear to fit effortlessly within the ragged edges of opaque rock, volcanic fragments and used brick. The result is often a magical glimpse into the foundations of the earth and a desire to know and understand the source of these varying materials.
Images via Colossal
Mary Sibande is an artist living and working in Johannesburg who combines sculpture and photography to explore post-colonial South African identity.
A particular focus of her work is the portrayal of women within contemporary, South African society and the stereotypical positions which females are often still believed to inhabit. In basing her models on black, female domestic workers dressed in Victorian garb, Sibande not only explores past roles in a politically charged and once racially divided society but her personal feelings as a woman in present day South Africa.
“My work is not about complaining about apartheid, or an invitation to feel sorry for me because I am black and my mothers were maids [her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were maids]. It is about celebrating what we are as women in South Africa today and for us to celebrate, we need to go back, to see what are we are celebrating. To celebrate, I needed to bring this maid.” – Mary Sibande.
Image: They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To (2008)
The Whole (2012) is just one example of Jen Stark‘s mesmerizing, beautifully crafted paper sculptures.
The amount of painstaking precision which undoubtedly goes into creating such a piece is impressive!
“I believe that all forms are organic, natural, and that all forms have to take as long to form as the process that forms them takes. In nature there are all kinds of shapes, even the most geometric, unnatural looking ones. I guess I gravitate more towards organic plant like forms because to me they are ultimately more beautiful than a conscious attempt at beauty.”
Image: The Whole, Jen Stark, 2012
I love Isaac Cordal’s cement figures. Placed in ‘real’ situations on city streets, such as looking at a painting, swimming or simply sitting around passing time, the concrete men are left to fend for themselves.
These miniature sculptures are hidden gems amongst the chaotic buzz of city life. Although the figures often appear depressed and desensitised to the external world, they certainly brighten up the day of those lucky enough to find them.
The great part of street art is its ability to reach a wider audience and awaken the senses of passers-by. Upon seeing these men, we are encouraged to not only empathise with their daily plights but to engage more with the surroundings in which we ourselves live.
Of course, it is only possible to see these figures if we observe the world around us. Sometimes it is all to easy too get trapped in routines and focus on other commitments. These sculptures, however, make us stop, think and re-evaluate our day-to-day actions.