VERY STILL LIFE BY RONI LANDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tel Aviv, Israel based artist Roni Landa works with polymer clay to create sculptures that combine the natural shapes of food and flowers with the texture of raw meat. Landa takes inspiration from classical sculpture, product and commercial design in this series called “Very Still Life” and comments on life and death.

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BOTANICAL DINOSAURS BY CHRIS RODLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Artist Chris Rodley used a deep learning algorithm to merge a book of dinosaurs with a book of flower paintings. The images were generated with an online service called DeepArt that lets you upload a “target” image and then apply a visual style to it. For step one he fed the network images of common dinosaurs and then applied the styles of 19th-century fruit engravings and botanical illustrations.

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LUSH NATURE BY ALLISON GREEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Allison Green was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a nearby rural suburb. Throughout her childhood Green lived on the periphery of a lush forest, an experience which has greatly impacted the art she is best known for today. Currently Green resides and works in downtown Jersey City, where she creates large-scale oil paintings intertwining themes from nature.

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The works carry a feminist sentiment; Green names each tree after a woman who has influenced her identity, expressing the powerful relationships between women through the “venerable symbol of the family tree,” as she describes.

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STILL LIFE ARRANGEMENTS BY CASEY GRAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Casey Gray’s work is characterized by his commitment to aerosol paint and laborious, hand cut masking techniques resulting in a type of skewed hyper-realism. Through pairing and composing specific content, sourced from both his immediate and online environments,  into layered still life arrangements, he is able to form narratives, create identities and discover new truths about the world. He regularly uses historical painting tropes as a point of departure for simultaneous bodies of work, such as cabinets, pin boards and marble ledges. These platforms become a stage for disparate subject matter to mingle, interact and play.

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Beauty in Stillness | ENSEE

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves.
Some of the images appear to be self-portraits that conceal, and yet reveal, her essence and unique talent.

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Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SU-JEONG NAM

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korean artist Su-Jeong Nam’s work mirrors the biological processes of her subjects. She begins with the base of color, applied with dry pigments. And then, line by line, vivid portraits of the natural world are grown.

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From a young age, Nam’s weak eyesight forced her to train herself to view objects in a different way. Now, instead of looking at a flower and seeing a flower, she sees the lines that make up the flower — not just the outline or the lines that might be visible on the surface, but lines down to the cellular level.

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She says her detailed images are grounded in the familiar, yet highlight “an aspect invisible to most people, through the language of my own artistic process.” The result is metaphysical, a study of the harmony between the natural world and a broader understanding of the universe.

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THE PATTERNED VORTEXES OF MONICA ROHAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Monica Rohan’s sensitivity to her surroundings is evident in the carefully composed works, which reveal a love of pattern, light and color. The paint retains a lucid quality and the decorative potential of textiles and luxuriant foliage act as ready symbols for the day lit world.

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Although we see the artist portrayed in many different settings in her paintings, we can never see her face. Each of her subjects, all being representations of herself, hide their face in the mass of textiles. She is a master at bringing to life vibrant hues on different thread. Sometimes, there is no fabric in her paintings, but instead a sheet of grass or flowers that stretch over the figure.

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100 best first lines from novels

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Here are a select few from a list made by Pantagraph:

A screaming comes across the sky. – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)

Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925; trans. Breon Mitchell)

Where now? Who now? When now? – Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable (1953; trans. Patrick Bowles)

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. – Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

All this happened, more or less. – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)