Heidi Taillefer’s work is an original creative fusion of classical figurative painting, surrealism, contemporary realism, and mythology combined with popular figurative traditions ranging from Victorian romanticism to science fiction. Her artwork is consonant with some of the 20th century surrealists such as Max Ernst, and Girogio DeChirico.
She addresses eternal issues on the human condition borrowing from mythologies throughout different eras and cultures, through the lens and language of mechanism, mirroring the ubiquity of technological advancement in the world.
In her work she attempts to marry primordial human essence with the explosive expansion of the machine, as a new paradigm looms close on the horizon and promises a redefinition of what it means to be human.
Artist of the week: Katie Scott from the UK. She’s got an impressive resume including the album art of Bombay Bicycle Club’s last 3 albums. She draws influence from anatomical and botanical prints, and then uses her imagination to get weird. SUMMERSITE LOVES
Art is a personal composition of the reality that surrounds us and artist/scientist Casey Cripe’s work takes that concept to a crazy intricate level. Each piece is a map of the exploration of life, self and the universe. His ability to capture the beauty of anatomical figures and scientific complexities result in an imaginative juxtaposition of the surreal and hyper-real.
The plumbing of plants.
Vascular plants (including flowering plants and trees) use specialized vessels to transport water and dissolved substances to and from every leaf, flower and root. Pictured here are a series of astounding stained microscope slides depicting cross-sections of plant stems; the darker lines are the walls of vertical, hollow columns in which water makes its journey around plants thereby allowing chemical reactions and life itself to take place.
Microscopy and photography by Eckhard Völcker; definitely worth a visit.
My findings from the beach! (Praia de Miramar)
Bajan ackee, Guinep, Quenepa, whatever you want to call it
Crystalline phenacyl chloride - aka Mace/Tear Gas
Some of the crystal photomicrographs of structures are deceptively beautiful or elegant. Not this one. This one looks as brutal as the chemical when it’s used.