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Monday Menagerie #17

The Artsy Schmartsy Edition.

A handful of very cool female artists, and a video series that is truly a work of art.





I’m putting this young lady at the top, because I adore her so.  I don’t know her in real life, but I found her work about a year ago and immediately felt that she is one of those rare, precious souls whose transparency and light could literally change the world (and I don’t use that hackneyed phrase lightly.)  She is a photographer by trade, but she also writes these incredibly lovely journal entries that she publishes on her blog.

PS.  This entry, in particular, is one that I love.









detail of Adele, rework of Gustav Klimt - via

detail of Adele, rework of Gustav Klimt – via

Jane Perkins

She takes old bits of plastic, discarded toys, and other random rubbish, and puts them together to remake famous portraits and classic works of art.  This is one variety of “up-cycling” that I think is absolutely wonderful!

“I am a ‘re-maker’, taking inspiration from found objects and turning them into something new. Although my background is in textiles, I now work predominantly with plastic.

I love art with an element of fun and the unexpected, and hope my work will make you smile!”

Found via Women You Should Know.

"Cindy's Sunflowers" rework of Van Gogh, via

“Cindy’s Sunflowers” rework of Van Gogh, via

"homage to Matisse Dance of Life" via

“homage to Matisse Dance of Life” via





Cindy Sherman

The grande-dame of artistic self-transformation.  She has been using herself as a canvas for over 30 years, essentially playing dress-up and photographing herself as all different kinds of people.  The results are often funny, sometimes scary or disturbing, but always fascinating.

From her NYMag interview, in response to a question about her work being seen as ‘narcissistic’:  “I really don’t think that they are about me. It’s maybe about me maybe not wanting to be me and wanting to be all these other characters. Or at least try them on.”

(all photos via MoMa)






stress test

“Stress Test”

Eugenia Loli

Collage artist who takes vintage ads and images and clips them into other vintage imagery, creating some absolutely fantastical and fun pieces of artwork.  She offers most of her pieces in high resolution for free download, because she believes that “Art should be shared freely.

From her ‘artist’s statement’:  “Eugenia Loli originated in the technology sector, but she left that impersonal world behind in order to build new, exciting worlds via her art. Her collages, with the help of the title, often include a teasing, visual narrative, as if they’re a still frame of a surreal movie. The viewers are invited to make up the movie’s plot in their mind.”

(all photos via the artist’s blog)

"Is There a Prize at the End of All This?"

“Is There a Prize at the End of All This?”

"To the Dead We Owe Only the Truth" Credits: Classic Film:

“To the Dead We Owe Only the Truth”
Classic Film:




Elizabeth Working on a sculpture - via

Elizabeth Working on a sculpture – via

Elizabeth Turk

Her sculptural work with marble is mind-blowing.  She turns this metamorphic rock into flowing ribbons, intricate lace structures, and complex, intertwining cages of seemingly impossible form.  I first saw her work at Art Basel Miami three years ago, and I was transfixed. Some types of art go beyond simply impressive, and hers is definitely beyond.

Discovered via this article from

She says of her upcoming show:  “All the pieces in the show are about the tension between the beauty of nature and that crazy human desire to control everything,”








diana beltran herrera bird 1

Diana Beltran Herrera

She hand-cuts paper and puts together incredibly detailed 3-dimensional artworks that look so tantalizingly realistic, it gives me a new level of respect for this handicraft.  I could look at this woman’s work all day!

From her bio:  “The interest that Herrera has in economic materials in general, is the potential of transformation that may occur with just the implementation of simple techniques and process based on repetition. Just as the patterns found in nature, her sculptures comprehends massive groups of elements that together compose a major complex system.”

(All images via the artist’s website.  Discovered via MissMoss.)



diana beltran herrera 3

diana beltran herrera 4

diana beltran herrera 2




Nathalie Lecroc

my bag by miss lecroc

My Miss Lecroc bag portait 🙂

Better known as “Miss Lecroc”.  In her “Petite Anthologie de Sacs et Sacs à Main” she takes the handbags of women and paints portraits of their contents, in the most charming way.  It’s something that is unusual yet simple, deeply intimate yet somewhat removed from the human who possesses the bag and its objects.  I gave myself a birthday gift some years ago and sent off photos of my own bag, and some weeks later received in the mail a portrait of my very own.  It’s a little treasure that makes me smile any time I look at it, and it’s oddly like going back in time to a former version of myself.  Lovely memories.

From 33Avenue interview with Miss Lecroc:

What inspired you to paint handbags?
“Women inspired me. It’s not so much the bag or the individual things in it that are interesting, but everything together. They form a portrtait of the person’s personality. It’s amazing what you can say about people after examining their handbags.”

(all images from ColourLiving)






Doris Salcedo via art21 dot org

“Noviembre 6 y 7, 2002” via

Doris Salcedo

Turning events of tragedy, sorrow, and loss into something of a different form.  Her works are translations of such grave things metamorphosed into visual art, abstract in form yet tangible, solid, present.  They are complex and certainly creative, yet base and minimalistic at the same time.  Powerful.

From the NYTimes piece about her latest Guggenheim retrospective:

“The artist Doris Salcedo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1958, and came of age during an era when civic murder was a way of life in her country and others in Latin America….For some 30 years, Ms. Salcedo has made such memories the essence of a witnessing art.”

doris salcedo- photo by ruth fremson nytimes

Photo by Ruth Fremson NYTimes

doris salcedo - photo by ruth fremson nytimes (2)

photo by Ruth Freemason NYTimes

Artist Brings Homelessness to Light

This is not a female artist, but Kristin shared this video with me last week and I just loved it.  This man buys the signs of homeless individuals and collects them together to create art installations.  I’m sure this kind of work can be seen in many ways– but when I watched the video of this fellow I got the feeling he was doing this work out of a deep love for humanity.

(shared by Kristin Tona)


This video interview with Jane Goodall is just one beautiful piece of a larger project, a grande, sweeping, life-encompassing film created by French artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand.  The full-length version is available on Youtube, and there are also handfuls of shorter, individual interviews, like this one.  It’s pretty magnificent.


Featured image (at top) by:  Eugenia Loli

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.


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