Katherine Sanderson

In the words of Katherine Sanderson, “The Flickr community feels like an almost infinite set of performances – innovative, inspiring, awe-some, disturbing, volatile, exquisite, heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud-and-make-stuff-come-out-yer-nose funny… It displays the power of imagery and the people who make it to move us, one at a time!”

Flickr can be a truly bottomless font of talent and vision, although many over-estimate the value of their work and under-estimate the value of creation – the soul of which is to bring something forth into the world and have it be praised. Not so for Katherine, a retired choreographer and performer-turned amateur photo-artista.  Her images capture the refined beauty of years of practice, and of course, we love her subjects!

View here gallery here.

Tiffany Bozic

If there is an artist alive today that shares the vision of this site so perfectly, it is Tiffany Bozic.  Her art is a divine marriage of science and haunting symbolism, provoking and sometimes Gigeresque. More wholesome influences such as John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel are not lost on us however – each piece presents a delicate beauty wherein the macabre is seen by only the curious.

From her biography:

“Tiffany Bozic has spent the majority of her life living with and observing the intricacies of nature. Having grown up on a farm in Arkansas, she was inspired by the natural world at an early age. Blending her external observations with the internal world has led her to refine a distinct style. Her work often incorporates richly pigmented acrylic paint on solid maple wood panels. “

Below, “No Ones Fault But My Own” depicts three magpies perching upon some rather intestinal branches above a fallen dove. This and other works from her Bedtime Stories series were shown at the Kinsey/ DesForges Gallery in 2008.

Kate McGwire

I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate,question, duplicate, play and photograph

In an attempt to avoid the puerility of the present, some artists such as Kate McGwire have turned to myth and ritual to find meaning in the now via a gothic surrealism.

Much of Kate’s work references Freud’s ‘Unheimliche’ (the uncanny, or, literally, the ‘unhomely’); the idea, to quote Freud, of ‘a place where the familiar can somehow excite fear’. It also embraces artistic notions of the Abject.

She will take an everyday thing or idea that is intrinsically discomfiting and, by re-framing it, entice the viewer into re-examining   their preconceptions and prejudices – cultural, historical, personal – about the everyday. The viewer’s response is visceral, the impact immediate, the ideas triggered resonating in their mind somewhere beyond rational interpretation.

In her latest installation “Strangeness & Charm”, the use of feathers creates a visual experience of fleeting thought, turmoil, and anything else that might twist through your psyche. Truly breathtaking work!

Link: http://www.katemccgwire.com/

Thank you to Meighan.

Polly Morgan

In 1889 Carl Akeley, working for the Milwaukee Public Museum, created the first total habitat diorama by arranging stuffed muskrats into a facsimile of their natural environment. While the originators of the diorama strove to heighten its sense of reality, many contemporary artists have used the medium’s format to comment on its artificiality or hyper reality.

Polly Morgan is one such fairly new British artist focused on Avian still life. Rather than mimicking the natural setting, she places them in unexpected and wholly unnatural scenes which encourage us to look at them with a renewed perspective. Ranging from the baroque to the hilarious, each piece sheds its typical associations of commonality with her unique style.

View more of Polly’s work: Link

 

This lecture will examine the work of several photographers who use the form of the natural history museum diorama to comment on the connection (or lack of connection) between the human and natural world.

Diane Fox is a Lecturer in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she teaches graphic design and photography. Fox received her MFA from The University of Tennessee and her BFA from Middle Tennessee State University. Her current body of photographic work, “UnNatural History,” is composed of images shot in various natural history museums in the US and Europe. Her solo exhibits have been exhibited in the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA; Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY; Gallery Stokes in Atlanta, GA; Santa Reparata Gallery, Florence Italy; Apex Gallery, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD; Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN; and Dom Muz Gallery, Torun, Poland among others. You can see some of her work at dianefoxphotography.com.

Ben Hassett

Source: German Vogue

Ben is a photographer and filmmaker who lives and works between NYC and Europe. His life and work have been profiled in The British Journal of Photography and Playboy.

A regular contributor to Vogue magazines worldwide, including French, German and Japanese, he is best known for his striking and sometimes disturbing images of beauty.

Each photograph mimics the sharp intellect, form, and macabre sense of the corvid eye, making Hassett one to adore.

Source: Vogue Paris