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friday new art finds: Donna Rosenthal




i would make a horrible art critic by todays standards. honestly, when i look at art i dont even think to see what their degree was in, where they went to school or even how long they have been at it. i love the initial reaction and response of just seeing and feeling without knowing. i like being drawn in slowly over time. circling the piece/work and coming back to it... finding out about it bit by bit. and sometimes, as with these pieces, i instantly connect with them without even a further glance. period.

that said, i like these miniature paper clothes by Donna Rosenthal. i thought i owed it to you all to tell you something about them even though i kinda just want to post them and say look at this! but what is it and who made it? so i went to find what i could ~ you can read that for yourself on her artist statement , for now, i just want to look and enjoy. i can't explain why i'm attracted to these clothes....they are fun and frilly and tiny and perfect. they are hard and sturdy. eerie and ghostly. i think i am most attracted to the fluff and puff of the dresses. that is what draws me to them every time i look. the dimensionality is completely satisfying.

He Said... She Said, (Romance Comics) 2007

the materials Donna uses as stated on her website: vintage magazines, vintage comic books, vintage cook books, vintage romance novels, steel wire, hardware cloth, vintage textiles, buttons and costume jewelry. They are deconstructed and then transformed into something entirely different, using crocheting, knitting, sewing, gluing, embroidery, collage and embellishment. it is incomprehensible to me the patience it must take to make these pieces. impossible to ignore how intricate and flawless her work is. i have much admiration for what it must take to carry out this vision!

8 comments:

donauluft said...

I like that ironic aspect in arts, thank´s for showing!

Margaret Ryall said...

A great find Paula. These works are so exquisite because of their scale. My friend calls such pieces precious. I agree.

Nellie's Needles said...

Going to see these was a delightful interlude. Thank you.

ArtPropelled said...

These are marvelous, Paula! The fluff and puff draws me too.
When I look at art I just know what I like, never mind about the rest.

paula said...

glad you guys like! me too me too...

CTStudios said...

These sweet pieces draw one it. I think it must start with 'what is it" and then, 'ah paper'. Interesting the primarily vintage papers are used. Other than the title of vintage, wonder what it trully ads.

Thanks for sharing these.

deb said...

wow, those ruffles rock, thanks for sharing them with us!!!

Ellen said...

Love these! Great find. I bookmarked a few Friday artist finds to take part in your terrific idea, but can't find the bloody folder I put them in. Grrrr.