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Emerging Artist: Consuelo Verona

It’s been a long time since I have been able to update due to my personal endeavors in my own career. Some things that have kept me away are my day job, creating new art, a couple of gallery shows, film festivals, and screenwriting, but I have found the time to write a new post about an artist I am really loving at the moment.

I was on Instagram this week looking at artwork and I saw Consuelo Verona’s work. I fell in love with the message and empowerment of women. So far the only information I know is what is presented through Instagram, I was unable to locate a website. I am providing you the link: @consuelo.verona

The work features mantras for women, a way to remind the self of your worth, the realities of life, and honesty. The illustrations are whimsical and effortless of course, featuring images of women in each work. The cursive writing enhances the magical feeling, it feels as though the weight is lifted off your shoulder’s of life’s problems.

I hope you enjoy these illustrations as much as I do, here are some of my favorites.


Emerging Artist: Jessica So Ren Tang

For awhile I have been obsessed with Jessica So Ren Tang’s work and was itching to feature her art on the blog!

Jessica earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Jessica works with embroidery as her medium. Her work is based on the Asian American identity and the idea of being too much or not enough of either Asian or American. She creates objects which negate themselves through their materials. While her figures feature Asian embroidery designs upon the skin which conceal the identity of the woman to reach a broader spectrum of all Asian women.

The color choice of thread is constantly high chroma and exciting. The embroidery itself is eye catching, but the color enhances their effect on the viewer.

The objects feature Asian noodle cups, classic Asian china (plates, cups etc.), and other objects embroidered after the literal object. This is where Jessica refers to Asian American objects of which appear to be the literal, but are a rejection of what they are by being constructed of a totally different material.

Looking at Jessica’s figures, we are not just seeing an anonymous woman with a classic Asian embroidery, but posed in intimate moments. Each woman is in a state of undress or undressing. It is as if she is stripping away her individual identity to show a lack of identity or a broad spectrum of identities all Asian women share. When we explore race, people will always think of attributes races will all share; for example with Asian women, people will automatically presume them to have long black hair, almond eyes, an olive cast to their skin tone, and are thin. Where this is true for some, but not all, this is where clumping race into one identity fails and strips people from their own individuality and humanity. At the same time if we think of this as uniting a broad spectrum of Asian women through they shared heritage, it can also be seen in a positive light.

What is so fascinating about Jessica’s work other than her phenomenally beautiful embroidery technique is her layered narratives. One can look at her work and see all the various subjects she touches upon and ways of viewing people and identity. Her work starts a broader conversation about race, how we perceive people, and how people perceive themselves.


To view more of Jessica’s work, visit her website or follow her on Instagram!



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Emerging Artist: Yuko Mori

I saw Yuko Mori’s work and instantly fell in love with it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do because it’s beautiful!

Yuko Mori was born in 1982 in Chiba, Japan. Yuko attended Shinjuku Art Academy from 1999-2002 and Yoyogi Seminar Formative Arts School from 2002-2003. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Yuko creates acrylics paintings, ceramic sculptures, and installation work.

All of Yuko’s work is based on color rich florals and interiors. She captures the pleasant beauty in everyday scenes with pastel color palettes creating a charming environment. When a viewer encounters her work, the feeling of happiness is present through the visuals. They are devoid of negativity and reflect lightness amongst a world that at times can be dark.

The paintings sometimes delve into surreal qualities with items within them. For example, Room with a Bonfire and a Display Shelf, Room of Mimosa Acacia, and Living Room all feature various potted plants placed about the room in abundance, wild animals juxtaposed with domestic ones, interior fires, and camping tents. The objects all add to another layer of narrative other than a basic pleasantry. It may seem chaotic and bright, but at the same time all of the subjects appear at peace with one another, maintaining the consistency of forming harmony.

Yuko’s brush strokes are a contemporary interpretation of a Van Gogh Impressionism. It’s inspiring and refreshing to see an artist who innovates on a classic style of painting. She brings Impressionism into this current world, while also staying true to the themes of observing interiors, landscapes, nature, and figures with attention to creating specific moods. She strays from the concept of lighting and realistic situations as the Impressionists were known for and invents her own, solidifying her modern adaption: a merging of Impressionism, Surrealism, and Contemporary.

To see more of Yuko’s work visit her social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YukoMori.Art/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/yukomori3/

Tumblr: http://yuko-mori.tumblr.com/

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Emerging Artist: Amalia Russiello (Madame Dabi)

Our latest Emerging Artist feature is on Amalia Russiello (Madame Dabi). I first saw her work on my Instagram search feed and instantly was captivated by her whimsical illustrations.

Amalia is an artist from Naples, Italy. She works in ink, soft pastels, and oils.Her focus is on creating work inspired by the 1920’s, 1930’s, the Baroque era, and Rococo era.

The illustrations feature glamorous women in classic boudoir scenes. Some of the women dawn 1920’s bob hairstyles, while others resemble Marie Antoinette with decorated pompadours and full gowns. Each figure is effortless not just in their pose, but through Amalia’s ink strokes and colors.

Amalia captures the absolute beauty of women in high fashion society. As I’ve stated before, the images are whimsical, fairytale-like. The women create the viewer to feel envy of their cheeky sex appeal in their dress, mannerisms, and expressions through their rosey-lipped pouts.

You can view Amalia’s portfolio on her website, www.madamedabi.com  and purchase original illustrations by Amalia through her Etsy Store, Madame Dabi.

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Emerging Artist (Inspiration): Yelena Bryksenkova

I hope everyone had a great Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, and any other Holiday you may celebrate this time of the year!

I had been browsing around looking at illustrators and spotted the work of, Yelena Bryksenkova. I had never seen her work before and I felt the need to share her illustrations on here. While I usually do not feature mid-career artists, I felt Yelena is a great inspiration for us Emerging Artists to look at and inspire us as we continue our journeys.

Yelena Bryksenkova was born in St.Petersburg, Russia and raised in Cleveland, OH. She earned her BFA from Maryland College of Art in Baltimore. She also studied at the Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts  in Prague. Her work has been used by Chronicle Books, Penguin, Urban Outfitters, American Greetings, Random House, Bust Magazine, the New York Times, and many others.

Yelena works in pen, ink, and acryla gouache. Her works feature everyday scenes of people and still lives transformed into blocky yet dainty figures and interpretations. She has also designed fold out books for classic stories, Romeo and Juliet and Alice in Wonderland which are perfectly complimented by her whimsical illustrations. Yelena has an eye for detail and creates intricate designs to mimic fabrics and patterns. This adds another layer to the richness of her work other than her colors and style of drawing.

The works I have featured on here are of the two fold out books mentioned, her drawings of figures amongst rooms, still lifes, and sketchbook drawings of which are just as beautiful as her portfolio work.

To see more of her work, visit her official website, http://yelenabryksenkova.com/


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Emerging Artist: Christiana Hedlund

Awhile back I remember seeing Christiana Hedlund’s work and admiring her paintings and colors. I wanted to feature her on the blog, but I would like to clue you all in, I am terrible at saving websites and bookmarking at appropriate times. I am also famous for accidentally knocking the charge plug on my laptop causing it to run out of battery, shut down, and restart itself and lose everything I was looking at or working on. Thankfully I was fortunate enough to rediscover Christiana’s work while on Instagram a couple weeks ago, she had liked something I posted and per usual, I looked at her page and website and realized, “Hey! This is the girl I had wanted to feature on the blog months ago!” So here we are, finally!

Christiana is originally from Seattle, WA, she now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She earned her BFA in 2015 from Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and has also studied at the Ryder Studio in Santa Fe, NM, Studio Escalier in Argenton-Chateau, France, and the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

I have included both Christiana’s paintings and photographs to show how an artist see’s and how the way we photograph is often how we paint. In her paintings they are primarily focussed on figure with complements of textile patterns and bright colors. This reflects in her photography which, the photos featured are of Morocco. The colors in the paintings and photos all have the same blues, pinks and whites; they are also focussed on culture. The people in her paintings are mostly Native Americans. You can see a relational connection between the Native Americans and the Moroccans through color, dress, architecture, pottery, and textile. Each of these groups of people are rich in these cultural and artistic attributes of which Christiana focusses on in her work. I personally love her painting of the elderly Native woman in the pink checkered dress the most, Christiana captures the woman’s elegance, the wiseness of her facial expression, and the beautiful creases of her wrinkles perfectly!

I have arranged her work as every other one switching from paintings to photography to give viewers a chance to see how these images relate and show how the visual attraction she has in her photographs is repeated in her paintings.

To see more of Christiana’s work here are a couple of online links!




Emerging Artist: David Aronson

So it’s was kind of the weirdest way I came across David Aronson, but it was through Instagram, he had liked one of my paintings, so I creeped on his profile and was like whoa he’s got some cool paintings! I had to know more and found out that this story gets even crazier, that is, we are both from Florida. So, this is exciting to feature a fellow artist from Florida, I have not done so before. He currently lives and works in New York City, NY, but regardless, from Florida. He has a degree in Painting from the University of Florida.

Currently on Aronson’s website he has three collections of work, Divinity, Mythology, and Exalted. The work is tied to various religious themes. On the blog I have featured work from Mythology because it’s what first caught my eye on his Instagram. These paintings have a quirky quality with various characters depicted in these surreal like worlds. Mythology is based around people with supernatural powers, animals with power with human-like qualities, there are also hybrids of humans and animals. When I look at these paintings I see those depictions. While I cannot exactly pinpoint concrete people of ancient myths, I can find similarities and allusions; for example, Bug and Bird, the bird of which has an owl face calls to mind the Egyptian owl, Owl of Thebes who is seen in ancient paintings perched on the God Osiris’ lap. Owls were a symbol of Freedom in ancient Egypt.

Looking at the painting Mr. Pig, in relation to religious themes reminds me of how in various practices Pigs are considered unclean, they eat basically anything, left over scraps etc. so therefore eating pork would make a person unclean. Observing the smirk on Mr. Pig’s face and the fact he is wearing a suit and suits are associated with cleanliness and wealth, takes a turn for how we perceive pigs. He is a clean pig… or is he? The smirk may mean otherwise, an unclean mind maybe? Remember these are all of my own observations of the work, I examine it based on what I see, so what I think may not be the artist’s intention, but that’s the beauty of art, we all get something different out of the work!

I could spend all day figuring out the puzzle of Aronson’s work and identifying the narrative and it’s fun to do, the work is fun to look at!

To see more of David Aronson’s work you can visit his official website: http://www.david-aronson.com

Or you can follow him on Instagram and see photos of his complete work and works in progress: https://instagram.com/davidaronson/

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Emerging Artist and Art In the News: Nichole Speciale and Widening the Cycle Exhibition

So in light of an exhibition my work is going to be in, I wanted to feature one of the artists who is also in the show with me. I love Nichole Speciale’s work she has in the show. The exhibition we are in is called, Widening the Cycle which will be taking place June 2-4 at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. This exhibit is about bringing justice to women’s reproductive and menstrual cycle. Nichole’s work are these beautifully embroidered fetuses. The delicate stitching and imagery is what attracted me to her work tilted, The Lost Ones. I love how she interpreted the theme for the show and I have featured her artist statement below because I cannot explain this work better than her!

“The Lost Ones is a group of 9 small hoops embroidered with white embroidery thread dyed with menstrual blood. The project seeks to bring attention to the gendered practice of embroidery and the shaming of the female body. Thread has for many decades has been associated with feminine home craft, and has often been disregarded as a legitimate art making medium. In its simplest interpretation, thread is a continuous line. Thread like the womb is absorptive; it reflects its environment. It creates new forms from its own tissue. The Lost Ones connects the womb to this gendered material, allowing the thread to act as a conduit for the womb’s unused material. The project, on a more social level, works to expose the artist’s own female body, revealing an otherwise obscured material that is lessened to that of excrement, even though it is a material responsible for creation of life. The depicted fetus shapes serve as reminders for the potential held in the menses.”

Along with this work, the rest of Nichole’s portfolio also includes the theme of embroidery, she uses the traditional technique and transforms it into an innovating way to create new and stimulating visuals.

A little background on Nichole, she received her MFA in Visual Art from University of California, San Diego in 2014 and holds BA’s in both Studio Art and Art History from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She was born in Boston, MA and currently lives and works in Southern California.

To see more of Nichole’s stunning work visit her website: http://nicholelizspeciale.com/home.html

For more information on the show Widening the Cycle, please visit the website: http://www.wideningthecycle.com

Thank you Jen Lewis for making this show possible and all of your hard work! We are so fortunate to have an amazing curator like you!

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Emerging Artist: Emily Robards

One of my favorite things to do is to occasionally go onto Booooooom and look through the artists who submit work each month in the comments section. I scroll for a very long time looking for someone who has amazing work and is overlooked. This month I was browsing through and saw these amazing found photography works with text. I started reading the text and was mesmerized by the power of the phrases and statements juxtaposed with vintage photography.

The artist who constructs these intriguing works is, Emily Robards. She is a young artist living in Ireland. She works in many medias that include, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and video. I’ve found these poetic photographic imagery and text the most compelling of her work. It really grabs you from the deepest part of your psyche and of others. This collection of work she lists on her website under poetry of which these texts very much align with poetry.

The particular works I am featuring are from the 1st collection of poems. Some of the poems give off an melancholic quality, “she had had nothing to show from her time Long after she had left her home had remained barren”, shown with an image of a woman; while others are whimsical, “inside her tiny lights and mirrors created a limitless, starry universe.” paired with a young child of which is often a representation of naiveté and imagination. The photo booth setting allows for the viewer to connect with the subject in the image more intimately, it’s almost as if you are hearing their secrets, a private moment of which you may not normally get to experience, which is similar in the film Amelie. Amelie collects photo booth images of people who have left them behind, the photos reveal people in their true selves, either happy, sad, angry, or silly, moments and personality traits people would normally shield from society for fear of humiliation.

Along with the in depth messages, the vintage photography itself is a found attributes to the work along with the poems themselves of which look found and altered to create a new narrative. The image and the poems work together to create the personalities and little glimpses of the lives the artist has recreated for them. We do not know who these people really are, but by connecting their image with a poem pertaining to a life experience brings back the humanity to the unknown people of the past.

To see more of Emily Robards work, visit her website and Tumblr!