Collages with a vintage feel, created with periodicals from the 1940s and 50s. Emilia Elfe‘s mixed media works are comprised of carefully cutout jewels that are then reconfigured into her own style of cover model.
Los Angeles-based Carlson Hatton is an artist as well as a full-time professor of art at Santa Monica College. His mixed media creations use acrylic, airbrush, watercolor, and graphite layered onto aluminum, paper, or wood to address the extinction of humankind’s ability to process imagery in a meaningful way.
Illustrator, painter, and printmaker Ashley Seil Smith is a very fitting artist to share this March – International Women’s Month. Much of her minimalist work focuses on feminism, intersectionality, interculturalism, and privilege through earthy tones and powerful situations.
Brazilian-born, New York-based artist Valeska Soares‘ latest is brilliantly titled Doubleface. In it she flips older paintings over to the reverse side, paints them, and cuts out tiny portals to the original side. It’s also interesting the way Soares titles each one – by the paint color used.
Fascinated by ancient history and leaving a mark on the world, artist Jim Bachor merged both interests into mosaics. Through marble, glass, and mortar he creates modern subjects through the ancient art. (And yes, the tiles definitely resemble pixels!)
Multidisciplinary artist Josie Lewis creates works that make me – and I’m guessing lots of others – insanely happy! Winding trails of graduated colored circles that travel over and under themselves on their journey, abstract moments caught forever in resin that remind me of the prettiest petri dishes, and so much more.
Katie McCann‘s intricately cut and pieced together collages appear to be antique, vintage, and forgotten though they’re far from it. The creatures she creates are from a childhood world of faeries, witches, science fiction, and botany living in their own unique habitat. I’d rather like to have a conversation with each of them.
Los Angeles-based artist Dessie Jackson rotates between using mixed media, painting, and paper to create her wildly expressive portraits. With a swoosh of paint around the eyes or a whirlwind of color around a mouth, Jackson turns the everyday into the questionably extraordinary.
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.”