La nuit, oil on canvas | artwork by Auguste Raynaud
Tokyo-based textile artist Mana Morimoto creates these amazing compositions by carefully arranging embroidery threads on pictures. The resulting images find their place outside of traditional notions of arts and crafts. Thereby her artistic work has a simple origin: ‘I started working with threads because I wasn’t happy with my life. I was at a point where I felt like I needed to start creating something with my hands. I find stitching and weaving therapeutic and I feel like I have finally found something I’m good at doing and want to continue doing.’ It began with an old tin box full of beads and embroidery treads collected when she was a child. Later she embellished a friend’s painting with her needle works, embroidered some friends’ photos, magazine pages, record covers, gratings, tickets stub and concert tickets. Today she is weaving on a loom, creating terrific and magical works.
These icebergs by Zaria Forman are not photographed, they are painted. The New York based artist paints fascinating landscapes using pastels. The inspiration for her drawings began in her early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother’s fine art photography. When Zaria Forman visited Greenland in 2012, she saw firsthand the effects that climate change had taken on the region. In her project ‘Chasing the Light’ she captures the idea of a world deep in the process of a terrifying change.
The artist explains: ‘My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but sadly did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. I am deeply grateful for the team of talented artists and scholars and the Wanderbird captains and crew for helping me carry out her wishes and realize her dream.’