“I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality… to protect myself.” -Alberto Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti feels like a kindred spirit. His work seems like a familiar friend, it soothes the outcast in me. Giacometti’s work often seems restless, uncertain, and then all at once, serene. I admire the consistency of his messy, itchy quality across all mediums. Below are several drawings, sculptures, and painting that I have scavenged. Enjoy!
“When you look at art made by other people, you see what you need to see in it.”
Few things soothe me more than the thought that all of my material possessions could be contained within the trunk of my car at a moments notice. Some may criticize me for this, viewing my desire as a lack of commitment to remain in a single environment.
Perhaps they are correct.
Looking around my rented room, I see a modest amount of possessions. After moving from one house to another, I purged many of my belongings. My closet in this new home is incredibly small, but has proved to be a blessing. How many pairs of pajamas do I really need?
I have one bowl, one plate, one set of silverware. Still, I crave less. The only objects I would feel a void after losing would be my collection of sketchbooks, journals, and letters.
What is your relationship to your possessions? Do you possess them, or do they possess you?
I will conclude with an excerpt from Marina Abramovic’s An Artist’s Life Manifesto:
“14. An artist’s possessions:
Buddhist monks advise that it is best to have nine possessions in their life:
1 robe for the summer
1 robe for the winter
1 pair of shoes
1 begging bowl for food
1 mosquito net
1 prayer book
1 mat to sleep on
1 pair of glasses if needed
An artist should decide for himself the minimum personal possessions they should have
An artist should have more and more of less and less
An artist should have more and more of less and less
An artist should have more and more of less and less”
Whether they be portrayed in the light, ethereal style of Jannick Deslauriers or in the effervescent, comical voice of Clae Oldenburg, soft sculptures deserve more love. I have spent a lifetime working with fabric and for some inexplicable reason, it is only recently that I have been introduced to soft sculpture. I am currently in the process of making my first soft sculpture for a class assignment, so, In the name of brainstorming, I decided to curate a post celebrating what I think to be a severely under hyped art form. Below are just a few pieces that captured my eye while rooting around for inspiration, enjoy!
Jannick Deslauriers, Tank, 2010
Paola McClure, Over the Edge, 2008
Clae Oldenburg, Floor Burger, 1962
Jannick Deslauriers, Mushrooms, 2008-2009
Annette Messager, Penetration, 1993-1994
Tristin Lowe, Mocha Dick, 2009
Natsuko Hattori, Forever, 2014
Mister Finch, Embroidered Moths, 2012
I was first introduced to Dan-ah Kim while scrolling through Tumblr, and was awoken from my reblogging hypnosis by the simple beauty of her work. The work shown above, titled ‘Morning,’ was the first illustration I saw by Kim. It’s one of those pieces of art that you see and immediately want to plaster to your wall… and everything else you own. Being so enamored with her style, I had to find out more about her and her art. ‘Morning’ is part of a series of works by Kim, some of which are pictured below, followed by several favorites I’ve found among her online archives. Enjoy!
A Heart Gone Mad
While all of her art is beautiful, there is something magnetic about those first simple, little illustrations. The muted palette, the soft lines… it just seems to strike something in me! I urge you to do your own explorations in regards to this fantastic artist. The variety and innovation of work exceeds breathtaking.
The dorm room is an art in itself. This one (very small) room must function as a kitchen, workspace/art studio, bedroom, living area… the list goes on. Oh, and you have to share half of it with another person. While this space is continuously evolving, I feel I have reached some kind of balance between the need for functionality and my own desire for self expression, but I’ll let you decide. I hope you enjoy this tour of my space!
Although the duvet was one of my biggest splurge items, I regret absolutely nothing. It is has the sweetest floral print, is super soft, and it’s reversible. The crochet blanket is one of my proudest thrifted finds, snagged for only 2 bucks! Oh, and the ‘It’s Ok’ pennant is made by yours truly, but you can buy a similar one here.
This is my favorite part of the entire room, affectionately named ‘the art wall.’ It’s been slowly growing since the day I moved in and nearly every piece has a story behind it. Most of the art was found, or made by me, but a few bits were purchased. (I must give a shout out to one of my favorite Etsy shops, Oh Gosh Cindy, where two prints are from!)
This cart from Ikea doubles as a nightstand and acts as extra storage. I lucked out and found it in the scratch and dent section at Ikea, so I snagged it at 30% off… score. It’s small enough not to interfere with your roommate’s side of the room and it’s on wheels so you can easily move it around.
My desk has a lot going on, but in a good way (I hope). It’s my center of operations: my vanity, my coffee station, my work space, and it’s continually housing some kind of cumbersome art assignment.
A couple close ups…
These old postcards and poster were thrifted (I think the lot of them cost me a whole dollar). I love the warm, vintage feel they give this little niche.
I will close with the closet. After much research on Pinterest, I feel my closet organization captures the essence of the phrase, ‘on point.’ I decided to try using adhesive hooks to hang my laundry bag and towel on the doors of my wardrobe, which has saved me an enormous amount of space! I roll bulky sweaters/scarves/hats and put them in a hanging shoe organizer. My shoes are kept on a cheap shoe rack I picked up at Walmart. As for the rest of my closet, shirts hang and everything else is folded neatly in the two drawers beneath.
To all of you dorm-bound out there, I hope this provided some inspiration for your future spaces. If you have any questions about where I got anything, please leave a comment and I will try to find a link for you. Thanks for reading!