|Anna Shaw 7388 posts||
The features this week have been inspired by the work of Kallena Kucers. Although I am very familiar with Kallena’s art, everytime I come across her work I am have a surge of recognition and understanding of who she is and what she is saying. I always want to rest awhile in the images, where the more you look the more there is to see. Her work is both explosive and enigmatic at the same time.
The image this week that really struck me is "Substance (series 5) where the ephemeral being is suspended between emotional states. It is both moving and shocking, and also so very clever.
So, all the images this week have that same sense of substance – of lack of it. The images are layered with ambiguity and demand that we look closely to understand them.
In “Virtue of Opposites” by Zeb Shaffer, we are invited to explore that knife edge between love and hate. It is strong, powerful and deliberately ambiguous. Zeb writes… There is a razors edge that one walks blindly along with bare feet: between the feeling of pure love and pure hate. The slightest breeze becomes a tempest that can push one to fall on ether side in the blink of an eye and send one tumbling into the chasms of the abyss. This abyss is fertile breeding ground for the creative spirit. It is often the very womb that births the greatest art.
“Tears Of Fire” by Angela Burman, also explores the issues of love and loss, trust and betrayal. It is moving and strong. She connects the image to the poem by Dorothy Walters which finishes with these haunting lines..
Thelma Van Rensburg is an artist whose wry look at ourselves as women, always makes me smile, and yet, with the humour comes a deep poignancy – a theme that runs throughout her work. In “Paper Doll pin-up” we see the streotypical 1950’s woman – obsessed as ever with body size and shape. In this enigmatic and ‘simple’ image, Thelma shows us just how insubstantial is this whole concept.
Geraldine Madrell is one of my favourite artists for her irreverent humour and for the overall power and depth of her work. This one is sheer fun, and in it, she describes so well the feelings we all have about the substance of our lives as women.
“My patchwork Heart” by Leni Kae is a rich and vibrant image, that shows strength as well as vulnerability. It explores the substance of love and relationships. It ends with the repeated belief that love will mend this broken heart that has been repeatedly damaged by love itself.
The background of the artwork is like the patchwork landscape of her past, and represents her thoughts. The length of her flowing red hair shows the strength of her spirit; whilst it touches her past, her cradled focus is the key to her future…Love.
“Bad Day” by Marlana Marry is an emotional and dramatic image combining all the different elements that have led to this feeling of emotional hurt and imprisonment, whilst at the same time not giving over to self-pity.
“The Little Odd” by Nikki Ella Whitlock, is an intriguing image, full of symbolism. I do not claim to fully understand it, but find myself looking at it again and again. For me, it is a dichotomy of innocence and experience and of pain and pleasure. Again, it makes me question what substance sustains and what destroys. A clever and profound image.
Marlies Odenhal is relatively new to Pink Panther, but already her work is imapacting here. In “Imprisonment” she gives us much food for thought. The image hints at cultural differences in the lives of women, but also begs us to ask the question about the lives of women as a whole.
Cate Legnoverde’s image “Untitled” is a self-protrait. A shimmering, transparent body, which yet has real substance and form. It is so clever, and so very beautiful. I love it.
“Fate of the two faced” by Margaret Bryant, is part of the wonderful ‘Mandy’ series. Margaret explores the issues of women in a light-hearted and fun way. Although she makes us smile, there is always a message with a punch in each one. Her she explores deception and lies, and what happens to those who practice to deceive. Foe me – it also makes me think of the whole issue of plastic surgery and the ‘deception’ inherent in this form of self-torture.
Continuing with the theme of deception, I could not resist another image from Thelma Van Rensburg from her paper doll pin-up series. It is strong, ambiguous, both fun and serious at the same time. The woman here has no real substance, her body and face distorted and contorted as she also practices to deceive. But, Thelma has also made her seem very real.
|Marlies Odehnal 20 posts||
I feel honored, Anna, primarily that I have been choosen and secondly about your warm, introductory words. Thank you very much.
|Thelma Van Ren... 14 posts||
Thank You Anna, I love this group and are very happy to be featured.
|Sybille Sterk 1485 posts||
Wow. The features are fab. Love the theme. :-)
|BettyHermann 4936 posts||
|Angela Burman 297 posts||
Anna, I feel incredibly honoured that you have chosen my work to feature alongside such incredible artists. Thank you for your kind words x
|Nikki Ella Whi... 6 posts||
Thanks so much for my feature and your thoughtful words, I’m very touched!!
|Margaret Bryant 24 posts||
Such beautiful images, I’m so proud to be among them! Thank you so much for the honor.
|eoconnor 2554 posts||
WONDERFRUL WONDERFUL ART IN THESE CHOSEN WORKS, WELL DONE ALL ARTISTS .THESE MAKE US THINK !liZ
|patjila 1105 posts||
Great gallery congrats to all featured artists art work with depths!
|DragonFlyer 2263 posts||
O Anna – I don’t know what to say – just, maybe – thank you!
I feel so honoured – and humbled. I’m so happy you feel inspired by this image – in this re-worked form it is one of the works I consider my best so, extra thank you :D
|EsmeraldaSaysNo 42 posts||
Thank you for the feature. It is wonderful to be part of such a fantastic group!
|VenusOak 631 posts||
these are such awesome artworks…….congrats to you all……and thanks Anna for your choices. I need to go and check out a few galleries now.
|Anna Shaw 7388 posts||
You are all so kind, so special and so talented.
@ kallena – you really are an inspiration in every way.
@ Venus – big hugs and I am still missing you!!