I first came across Jeannie Laske's work a few years ago, when this print turned up in an Etsy search for "silent." It made me cry the first time I saw it.
|Silent for a Time|
|You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow But Your Dreams May Not|
|With All Quiet Motion|
|All That it is to Remember|
|The Brilliant Hush of Conclusion|
Jeannie's work is very whimsical and I think it would be easy to just label it and move on. But one of the things I love about it is that I see some new detail every time I look at one of her pieces, some little element that escaped me the first time or that makes me reconsider my response to it. And the characters are so unique and evocative that I am always curious to know what happened in the moment just before we see them, or what's happening in the moments immediately after. Thankfully, she's in the process of writing and illustrating a book, and I'm very much looking forward to a deeper look into her world.
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In preparing for this post, my AJE teammates introduced me to some of their favorites - and amazingly, I was familiar with none of them. (I actually love that about the collaborative life - that we introduce one another to ideas, techniques, ways of thinking that were entirely unknown to use before we engaged one another.)
Jen Cameron owns a few pieces by Vladimir Kush and is hankering after a few more, including this amazing and surreal piece.
She likes the incredible detail of his work, and the unexpected elements that sometimes aren't immediately apparent. (Do you see that all the audience members are in cocoons?)
She is also fortunate to have a few pieces by Tom Everhart - because, as she says, "You cannot be in a bad mood when you see those silly Snoopy faces!"
|Guarded - Figure in Deep Blue|
|Knockando Thrift & Feathers|
So this is just a peek into the art and artists that speak to some of us, that make us happy or make us think or shake us up just a little bit. There are many more, too many to squeeze into this post, but we'll plan on sharing again at some point in the future. In the meantime, who are the artists that inhabit your world? Share in the comments - we'd love to explore a little with you!
Until next time!