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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!



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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: 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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Art In The News: David Bowie Is

Aladdin-Sane-slideComing up in September is the opening of the exhibition, David Bowie Is at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition is a retrospective on the career of musician David Bowie which features costumes, photography, set design, album artwork, rare performance footage, and handwritten lyrics. This show is one I have personally been waiting for and will most likely take a trip back up to sweet home Chicago for!

If you are a Bowie fan or not or have not even heard of him, it does not matter. The amount of items in the archive are intriguing and catalogue not only the life of a musician, but a man who was much more, oly1.56670imagehe was an artist. Bowie is a very visually stimulating person with fabulous innovative costumes, sets, and performances.

This exhibition was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum and is currently on an international tour. The stop in Chicago is the only showing in the United States, so if you want to see it, you must go now!

Exhibition lasts from September 23,2014 – January 4th, 2015.

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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,