Arzaan Khambatta - Scrap Metal Sculptor

Over my summer, I spent a lot of time at the amazing artist Arzaan Khambatta’s workshop. I learnt how to weld, cut and conceptualise in terms of scrap metal. I found that as I walked around his studio, his work inspired me a lot as did the scraps of metal lying around waiting to be made into something beautiful.

Mr. Khambatta’s work is innovative and involves a lot of use of the human figure, emphasising the muscle structure. One piece that really got my attention was that of a large hybrid of dragonfly and scorpion and human. The body was made from a motorcycle body, and was engraved beautifully by the artist.

“I gravitate towards places where humans have been and are no more, to the edge of man’s influence, where the elements are taking over or covering man’s traces.”

Michael Kenna

Kenna photographs in black and white, and his subject matter consists mostly of landscapes. He has brought an unprecedented view to photography, a unique and completely unusual mystery. Known primarily for his long-exposure night photography, he enjoys the unpredictability of night photography. He sometimes photographs in such a way that night appears to be day, creating an eerie feeling. I wrote my IB Extended Essay on this intriguing photographer, and found that most of his work rings of loneliness, desolation, seclusion. He creates spacial cues with solitary objects in large spaces and is a stickler for minimalism.

Beverly Joubert

BEVERLY JOUBERT - one of my all time favourite wildlife photographers. Her film with her husband, Dereck Joubert, “Eye Of The Leopard” is one of the most beautiful pieces of cinematography in the wildlife sphere that I have seen. She does color photography as well, but these are a few of her black and white photographs that I am in love with. Her beautiful composition and use of movement is very intriguing, as well as her knack of capturing perfect moments of wildness

Aelita Andre : Child Prodigy

Aelita Andre, is 5 years old. And her paintings have sold for $24,000. What draws people to them? Is it knowing that she’s only 5 years old? Or is it the paintings themselves?

Photography is my passion. I feel that my photographs are insight into me, and my vision of the world. I love experimenting with composition, and I especially love nature and now portrait photography. My Flickr account has just a few of what I think are my best shots.

Visit my Flickr page to see!

“If I wanted to stay in the fine art field, I knew I had to join my contemporaries and make ‘contemporary’ art. I knew that it was time to let go of all the finely-tuned skills I had acquired over the years, and just trust in the process of making art. The art world was telling me I had to break down my foundation, let my walls crumble, expose myself completely, and from there I will find the true essence of what I needed to say.”

PAIGE BRADLEY, SCULPTOR

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Terje Sorgjerd - a norwegian photographer - has created some truly amazing time-lapse films. They are certainly worth watching, and I myself have spent hours going over them. The magic of the night sky, with it’s beautiful colors and play of light is wonderfully captured in his film "The Mountain". His backing track of beautiful slow instrumental piano music adds to the overall feel of supernatural elements within the natural world.

dOCUMENTA (13) : Collapse and Recovery

This contemporary art exhibition was held in Kassel, Germany.

It was brimming with some of the most promising artists of the year, and a lot of amazing art work. One artist that stood out particularly for me, was Geoffrey Farmer with his piece “Leaves Of Grass”. He uses cut-outs from the magazine Life to portray the lifestyle, icons and culture from 1935 - 1985. It is a sculptural collage and rather interesting in structure. Anyone who knows me, knows of my obsession with all things Vintage - and this art piece is no exception. I love the black and white photographs incorporated into it, and the raw essence of the old days.

There were a few artists of Indian origin as well, one of whom was Nalini Malani - from “aamchi Mumbai” or our very own Bombay! Her peice displayed at dOCUMENTA (13) was “In Search of Vanished Blood”. It was truly captivating. It consisted of shadow play of animals by 5 rotating reverse painted Mylar cylinders. There is audio involved as well, a very emotional soundtrack of poignant music and a hard-hitting speech. Some aspects of it are truly horrifying, and the voice itself was enough to give me chills. 

1000 Artist Journal Pages, by Dawn DeVries Sokol
I purchased this book recently, from Flipkart. I have always had an immense interest in artist journals, and this book is just a treasure chest of inspiration. Just flip a few pages and you find yourself falling deep into the minds of the artists that so intricately create their journal pages. 
The vivid colors and extreme personalisation of each page fascinates me. In fact, the personal stories behind any work of art set my interest alight. The way the artist extracts their deepest emotions and lays them out for anyone to see - vulnerable to the twisted interpretations of corrupted minds, and serene understanding of the more uninhibited creative ones. (I’d like to think I fall into the latter)

1000 Artist Journal Pages, by Dawn DeVries Sokol

I purchased this book recently, from Flipkart. I have always had an immense interest in artist journals, and this book is just a treasure chest of inspiration. Just flip a few pages and you find yourself falling deep into the minds of the artists that so intricately create their journal pages. 

The vivid colors and extreme personalisation of each page fascinates me. In fact, the personal stories behind any work of art set my interest alight. The way the artist extracts their deepest emotions and lays them out for anyone to see - vulnerable to the twisted interpretations of corrupted minds, and serene understanding of the more uninhibited creative ones. (I’d like to think I fall into the latter)