Rachel Sager

 

San Francisco-based artist Rachel Sager‘s newest series focuses on sweeping, explosive landscapes where matter is presented in a decomposed state, suspended between earth and sky. Her inspiration for these charcoal and oil paintings comes from brush fires, demolition explosions, storm clouds, and explosives.

“My goal is to produce the differences existing between the varying states of this matter, neither solid or gas, yet so specific that a rain cloud could never be mistaken for a cloud consisting of particles that once made up a house or a building. In doing so, I aim to create sweeping, emotionally charged landscapes that convey a dissonance that I experience in self expression. The turmoil, represented by the debris filled smoke, is juxtaposed by sun infused skies and cirrus clouds, projecting the duplicity that is unavoidable, overwhelming, and at times, awe-inspiring.”

 

 

 

 

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Alma Haser

 

Alma Haser was born into an artistic family in the Black Forest, Germany and is now based in London. Known for her complex and meticulous portraits, she creates striking work that expands the idea of traditional portrait photography. Alma takes her photographs further with paper-folding techniques, collage, and mixed media to blur the distinction between 2D and 3D imagery.

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Minas Halaj / Floral Minds

 

Feeling very inspired by artist Minas Halaj‘s Floral Minds series, which he explains so well below.

“The concept of beauty is a burdened one. We are living in a society that fears its adoration in contemporary art, yet intimidates its women into accepting it as their highest value. We have degraded it in mass media and the celebrity yet revere it above all other qualities of life. Beauty is a double edged sword an instrument of seduction and inaccessibility burdened sword an overwhelming distrust in the simple sensation of pleasure.”

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Habitat Legit AKA Colin Quest

 

Habitat Legit, aka Colin Quest, is a digital collage artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He draws inspiration from the architecture and desert landscapes of Palm Springs then pairs them with the bold color palettes of Mexico. Photos of different textured walls and flora are deconstructed and manipulated digitally to produce his desert fresh collages.

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Gala Bent

 

Gala Bent is a Seattle-based drawing-centric painter who also dabbles in installations, animations, and collaborations. The series partially seen here – Particle Playlist – is probably my favorite in her portfolio, I love how each piece stands strong on its own but also adds to the group as a whole.

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Karin Miller

 

Cape Town-based Karin Miller‘s collages showcase inspiration from Medieval tapestries, the dichotomies of beauty and tragedy, and dinner table taboos. She uses her work to speak about social, political, and historical issues, but that’s not to say Miller’s work is without humor – you just have to know where to look.

“I love the fact that I can take items out of context and place them wherever I want, because life is a collaboration of different points of view; and I get nervous when people start believing things only from one side, their side.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Anna Carey / In Search of Rainbows

 

At first look you might assume that these images by Australian artist Anna Carey were different rooms in an installation or maybe just a monochromatic house remodel, but you would be wrong because her work overlaps photography, model-making, film, and drawing. This spectrum study – In Search of Rainbows – feels especially appropriate following Pride, seven rooms recreated in miniature from rooms Carey found from properties on Google maps.

Through memory and imagination, she creates fictive architectural spaces based on familiar iconic architecture which she photographs. The camera lens magnifies the model with all its imperfections and reminds the viewer that the photograph has been constructed with a miniature materialized object. This aims to reawaken imaginations for the viewer by creating a space of stillness and reflection for one to drift between reality and daydreams – for rediscovering the universe that is inside ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linden Eller

 

Linden Eller combines found fragments and personal elements to create floating abstract shapes sewn together with thread on paper. Themes of memory, its process, and layers of recollection are a central theme in her work, conveyed through the use of pale colors and tracing paper to create a hazy environment. Linden also communicates the melancholy in unresolved matters, like her brother’s autism, or natural losses.

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Emily Filler

 

Late spring comes in second only to autumn as a favorite time of year, and Emily Filler‘s paintings and mixed media art drops me smack-dab in the middle of a spring garden. Paint on paper, silkscreening, and paper collage all work together to create some magic chemistry that feels just right for early June.

 

 

 

 

 

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