To wrap up this week-long conversation about nothing-ness and something-ness, I want share some art which exemplifies this concept. This piece was made by my friend, Ingrid Goldbloom-Bloch. Many of the people who know her, have no idea that she is an incredibly accomplished artist. Her work has been featured in countless publications and is exhibited all over the country.
Art takes time. I know it is challenging for Ingrid to make time to imagine, experiment, and create.
If artists, like Ingrid, did not feel driven to carve out the time for this process – not knowing what will become of it or if anything will be created at all – there would be no art. This thing of unusual, raw, delicate beauty, would never come to be.
It is easy to forget that this beautiful creation is made from discarded eyeglass lenses!
Creating art – especially out of discarded materials – is truly the epitome of making something out of nothing.
Here is the official information about the exhibit where this piece is currently being shown…
Underneath it all: Desire, power, memory & lingerie is an art exhibit featuring the work of ten women artists from the U.S. who create or use underwear as objects or topics in their work. Each artist has a vivid and personal point-of-view and talent.
Working in both two and three dimensions, this collection of artists produce work of the highest quality and power. Many of the artists employ traditional craft associated with “women’s work”; sewing, embroidery, patterns, weaving, but with an edgy, contemporary eye and results. Often, they utilize materials not associated with delicate undergarments, such as aluminum cans, paper, hair, and playing cards. Others create non-traditional representations of lingerie-as objects of memory through vintage imagery, gender statements or stark depictions. These images portray a range of feelings, from security to loneliness.
All of the artists confront various issues associated with lingerie, and the exhibit is organized around three main ideas: desire, power and memory. Sexual politics, gender identification, body image, mass marketing, and privacy are ribbons that run through the various works. Some pieces are homages to textile work and workers; some are ironic and witty depictions of idealized female forms. The ability of each artist to depict her point-of-view through her work is compelling.
For more information go to: http://underneathitallartexhibit.blogspot.com/p/our-artists.html
Have a happy weekend!