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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/



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: 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!



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Emerging Artist: Andrea Nakhla

I first saw Andrea Nakhla’s work on Tumblr and was instantly captivated by her I Saw It In You paintings. The brush strokes and figures in everyday settings show a candid view of the people around her with a fluid yet rough strokes bringing out the quality of life. What I mean by “quality of life” is, life is not perfect and the brush strokes reflect this imperfection. The colors are bright and jump out at the viewer helping create excitement in the paintings.

The paintings in the Future You Zine also really captured my attention, they are a completely different approach to figure painting than I Saw It In You. Nakhla uses a limited color palette with this collection and a more cartoonish approach than a reflection of realism in the figures. The figures and situations are lively and have a sweet quality even when the subjects verge on intimidating.

Andrea Nakhla is a painter currently working in Los Angeles, CA.

You can see more of her work on her website and Tumblr,



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Emerging Artist: Stephanie Paiement

Stephanie Paiement is a Canadian artist. I really do not know much more about her, tried getting in contact with her to no avail, but regardless I am featuring her work anyway because it’s amazing!

She paints these scenes of figures in various situations, it’s a very surrealistic state yet her brush strokes are whimsical. The washed pastel colors give a softness to the paintings. It seems there is a combination of imagery of the past, for example the women in the swimsuits. There’s this eerie quality about the past brought forward in her work.

One alarmingly intriguing paintings is, Nobody Puts Bambi in a Coma; I say this because if you look at the deer it is wearing leg braces, which reminds me of kids with Polio in the 1950’s and of course Forest Gump.

To view more of Stephanie’s paintings here is a link to her Tumblr,



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Emerging Artist: Kazu Livingstone

Kazu Livingstone is a self-taught artist from Malaysia. Along with making his own work, he also is a Graphic Designer and a poet. He has had the opportunity to collaborate with Nike and show at various group exhibitions in 5 continents. His work is focused on the subject of politics and uses vector illustration as his media.

The colors in Kazu’s work is bright and electrifying with clusters of images that create a narrative. Each work focuses on a different political topic. His subjects are daring and blunt and do not sugar coat the world we live in. The narratives are strong and show a distinct critique of those in power and events throughout the world. I admire Kazu’s ability to be frank with an audience and not let anything stop him from creating work about these controversial subjects.

Everything is absolutely thought-provoking, I literally just spent 10 minutes looking at the work, Killing Time pondering the meaning and the subject of JFK’s assassination, the Bay of Pigs, and Lee Harvey Oswald. There is a wealth of information and one has to really spend time and process all of it shown in the works.

Not only does Kazu’s work feature political subjects, but also pop-culture. The work, I-mortality features images of Marilyn Monroe, Batman, a parody on Google called Giggle, the main characters of The Matrix, and Hello Kitty on Barack Obama’s crotch. The work is pop-culture meets politics with subjects on Mortality, Human Rights, and Culture. The chaos in the work adds to the fact that our world/society is chaotic.

A literature reference for all of you readers/viewers, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut is a short story that I think really identifies in subject to Kazu’s work and politics. It is a story set in the future of which a Government has deemed everyone “equal” and controls everyones lives and monitors them to make sure no one advances. It’s a great story, very eye opening, but everything Vonnegut writes is great and eye opening.


To see more of Kazi Livingstone’s work visit these links,