The artist in our fifth week of the weekly Inspiring Artist Series is Richard Saja.
Richard Saja is a American textile artist born in 1965, he established his company called “Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts” in Queens, New York, which handles decorative art, fine-art, and even apparel commissions. He is known for subverting the 18th-century-style patterns on pieces of toile and rewriting the fabrics narratives with brightly colored embroidery and a wicked sense of humor all while using colorful & glow-in-the-dark thread.
Saja gravitated to the french fabric, toile de Jouy, because of its classic french patterns which chronicle the lives of the bourgeoisie dancing, picnicking, gardening, and boating but puts a spin of humor on them by adding his embroidered motifs to them.
“The idea is to make one motif pop, and to make it cheeky and irreverent, One has to take a closer look, to spend time with the fabric, in order to unravel what’s going on” -Richard Saja
The fourth artist in our weekly Inspiring Artist Series is Sipho Mabona.
Sipho Mabona is a swiss Artist who has been in love with folding orgami since he was 5 and he is known for his intricately folded pieces of origami, some small but most focus on large-scale installations and covers a great range of different styles from very intricate representational designs to abstract geometrical shapes.
His most recent exhibit will be at the Art Museum in Beromünster, Switzerland. Entitled: White Elephant
He is currently funding for the 'White Elephant' Project which entails using a 50 foot sheet of paper to create an elephant standing10 feet tall and costs $24,000 to make it happen. Once funded he will install two cameras which will be feeding footage to an online live video stream, so you, your friends and family can watch the fold.
“I believe that Origami and the W H I T E E L E P H A N T are so fascinating due to the prevalent belief that the use of only one piece of paper is very limiting. But actually the very contrary is the case. In the art form of origami a simple piece of paper can be transformed into anything imaginable. It’s exactly this transformation, which in my opinion stands for many struggles we have to overcome in life. This project will be a great experience for us to share with you. Hopefully it will change public’s perception of origami and make people realize what a powerful art form it can be.” - Sipho Mabona
The third week of our weekly Inspiring Artist Series is Mark Rothko.
Mark Rothko is originally from Latvia but moved to America when he was 10 years old. He is known as one of the best New York School of Abstract painters and for creating huge wall sized paintings with solid geometric shapes.
He lived from 1903-1970
In 1940s and1950s, Mark Rothko created some of the pieces which he is most well known for in his career. During this period he focused on the large and dark brush strokes, large blocks of color and a variety of washes. He was going for large and contemplative art, many of which were meant to be symbolic of American life during the period and of the changes in the art world. He also wanted to focus on the abstract work which he had turned the majority of his focus toward.
“The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships, then you miss the point!” - Mark Rothko