May 17, 2011

The Art of Presentation

My own artwork has made sparse appearances here on the blog and it doesn't happen intentionally. I just think I'm terrible at documenting my own work and I haven't figured out a way to present it that looks professional enough. I don't want the quality of the online image to interfere with the actual piece, which is a common problem I think artists have with displaying their work. Its why picking out the frame of a painting can be more of a headache to an artist than the painting itself. If you don't choose the right frame or background or positioning, the whole meaning of the piece can be compromised. That may seem silly, but I think most artists can agree on this. I learned this while at school when we would have our critiques. Someone would hang a sculpture on a wall and a nail would be visible and the class would be stuck on that nail for the whole critique. So I guess I just don't want you to get stuck on any nails and miss the actual work by posting it here with semi decent photos. But I promise to post some work soon, especially my etchings which are some of my favorite pieces, once I can present them nail-free (is this metaphor working...? I hope so because I don't feel like thinking of another way to put it).

Now that we have all that stuffy, elitist sounding art business out of the way, take a look at this:

Finnish artist Karina Kaikkonen uses clothing to create site-specific sculptures. I've never seen anything like this before and when I saw her work on The Jealous Curator I had to really stop and look at her work. There is something kind of creepy about looking at rows and rows of hanging jackets. I think that we associate clothes so much with the human body that sometimes seeing a jacket or a shirt can make you immediately think of a person, but seeing them repeated in odd settings jars your perspective and makes you question, why are they here? I love it. What do you think?


  1. you should definitely post your work! or create a tab that displays all that you have done, because it really is the only way people will be able to see (well, via web). as far as displaying goes, i run into that issue especially since i want to sell, but i use a painted wall in my home that can bring out the painting. i use tacks though, :( haha

  2. I get what your saying about presenting your work - it is a challenge, but I'm sure you'll figure it out! I would love to see your stuff. I also love Karina Kaikkonen - her work is so interesting. The last piece is my favorite - something about it just strikes me.

  3. Thank you Sophia, you are so right. I am going to make it a point to show my work more frequently, just as soon as I get my camera back... :)

  4. These are brilliant! And I agree with the others, you should post your work :)


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