By Jenine Shereos, I have seen sculptural artworks created using human hair before, but not quite on the intricate, detailed scale of these amazing leaves. You would be hard pressed to mimic the vein structure of a leaf this well in any other medium, each intersection of the hairs is connected by a tiny knot. All of which have been built up on dissolvable backing material, thus leaving these skeletal structures.
In this series, the intricacies of a leaf’s veining are recreated by wrapping, stitching, and knotting together strands of human hair. Inspired by the delicate and detailed venation of a leaf, I began stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water- soluble backing material. At each point where one strand of hair intersected another, I stitched a tiny knot, so that when the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form. Creating this work was a very meditative process for me, as I found myself lost in the detail of the small, organic microcosms that began taking shape.
It’s hard to even begin figuring out how Tim Noble and Sue Webster come up with the work they do. But without a doubt, the artistic duo know how to make garbage look good. Ever since their first solo show in London, entitled British Rubbish, in 1996, Tim and Sue have managed to take ordinary things, usually discarded objects and scraps, and transform them into recognizable images through the use of projected shadows. “Throughout their careers, they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning,” states their official biography. “They have created a remarkable group of anti-monuments in their fourteen-year career, mixing the strategies of modern sculpture and the attitude of pink to make art from anti-art. The result is surprising and powerful, as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.”
“Silenzi’s sculpture moves along the dimension of the encounter, the expectation, the creation as vital ritual. …A hybrid gallery of characters: animals speaking humans’ body language and humans who show themselves under animal semblance. Where does the former start and the latter end?”
Love everything Beatrix Potter created.
Here is an image just purrrfect for a Mother’s Day edition of Caturday - it’s a 1907 Beatrix Potter illustration from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection showing a feline mother doing what moms do: taking care of her baby (in this case, Tom Kitten). Happy Mother’s Day (and happy Caturday) to all! By the way, need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Check out our Library Shop!
There better be tuna at the end of this thing! Kitten in a maze. 1952.
Photographer: Nina Leen