Good Morning Google+
while reading about a marvelous exhibition called Organic Matters
at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
in Washington, (see here: http://goo.gl/B8j24T
) I came across the work of Ysabel May,
a Canadian born artist who now lives and works in Texas.
Originally, my attention was caught by this work, The Reflection,
which is on view at the exhibition, because it reminded me of the painstaking detail so often shown in the works of old masters. For a moment, I actually thought it might be an oil painting from the 17th or 18th century. But a closer look showed that this work actually has a few surreal aspects.
The reflections, for which the work is named, are not only at the bottom, where we would expect to see them, but also at the top of the work, where they simply make no sense.
While the floral wreath at the bottom of the work reminds me of some of the works of Rachel Ruysch, one of the premier female artists of the 17th century, a closer look shows that LeMay's work is actually not realistic at all.
Neither is it a painting, but an amazing piece of digital art. Ysabel LeMay works with photography and digital editing, often working with images cropped from many, many photos, and re-assembles these into truly fascinating works. All of her works have elements of nature in them, some more obviously surreal and 'made up' than others. But even her most life-like, floral compositions never descend into the mundane or trivial sentimentality.
In sum, they are a joy to behold and a challenge for the brain as well.
Let your own brain be challenged today and do, tread lightly#treadlightly #art #digitalart
Image (and all rights) from the website of the artist here: http://goo.gl/8mN14p
PS: there is a good video about her work here: https://goo.gl/zOwBrH