We chat about music and books, TV and movies too, but what about art? We all could stand with a dose of 'high culture' so let's share our favorite artists and their work. Long time favorites or something that just recently caught your attention. If you create art do put up a gallery of your work for us to enjoy.  Tell us about the museums you visited, or hope to one day...

Enjoy the refreshments, and explore the display...  Cheers!

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I was just rambling around the net this morning, and linked my way to this artist's blog that held me spellbound for a couple of hours... I literally had to pry myself away from her site to return to the real world around me.

Her name is Elsa Moral, she is originally from Cuba, married an American film maker and now lives in Los Angeles. Here is a short statement she wrote about her work:

My work is about human nature, about the way we are and the way we interact with each other, with ourselves and with the rest of the world. I enjoy working in different media like painting, ceramic, drawing, photography, installation illustration and in 2008 I discovered the magic of paper cutting.

Besides doing paper cut-outs, she makes dolls, has written a children's book, makes jewelry, creates collages, assemblages, paints and draws.... She is a whirlwind of activity. With two young children (one who is autistic), I have no idea how she manages to produce so much work and find time for her family obligations? Her website is filled to the brim, so much so, that I just couldn't get enough of it.

Her art work might not be 'your cup of tea,' but I know you will recognize her talent and creativity!

Recreated from Frida Kahlo's painting below...

Want to see and read more? Check out her website and blogs.

She sells some of her work on Etsy:
Forgot to add a couple of interesting videos that highlight the art of paper cutting.

A 1-minute sample of the 13-minute short film by Michel Ocelot, completed in 1979. The complete film, in a much clearer, more recent transfer and with English subtitles, is available on the French DVD 'Les Trésors cachés de Michel Ocelot,' which is region 2 and PAL and can be imported from online shops such as Fnac or the French Amazon. This sample was found at the production company's page

For stills from other parts of the film, see and

TheNZBookCouncil | November 18, 2009

Film for NZ Book Council
Produced by Colenso BBDO
Animated by Andersen M Studio
VLADIM KUSH - Russian Surrealist


Jeffrey Nishinaka

About Jeffrey:
Los Angeles native Jeff Nisinaka is a premier paper sculptor with a prolific career that spans 28 years. Nishinaka attended UCLA and graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he first experimented with paper art and sculpture. Nishinaka’s commercial portfolio includes Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Sprint, The Peninsula Hotel, Visa and Coca Cola. Actor Jackie Chan, who is a close friend of the artist, owns the largest collection of Nishinaka’s work.

Jeff on his work:

I have always wanted to be a painter, but while studying illustration at Art Center, I was given assignments in both a graphic design and fashion drawing class at the same time to experiment in different mediums, one of them being paper. That was my big “Ah-Ha!” moment. I quickly developed a feel for working with paper. From then on, I began experimenting with different papers, finding ways to shape, bend and round edges on it. I wanted to manipulate paper in the least invasive way, to keep the integrity and feel of it. Paper to me is a living, breathing thing that has a life of it’s own. I just try to redirect that energy into something that feels animated and alive.

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Celtic Dream - Waterhouse Countryside Paintings


Some of the images contained in this section are of a medieval or Gothic nature. These images represent portrayal of witches in popular culture during the middle ages and renaissance periods. Much of what we know about witches today is based on superstitions conceived in Neo-classical art and Gothic literature. You can follow along; there’s lots of links and references.

“Magic Circle”, 1886. John William Waterhouse

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The Anthropology of Trash: An Interview With Robin Nagle

I think about trash. A lot. Every time I struggle down the stairs of my fourth-floor walk-up with yet another heavy, seams-bulging sack of garbage, the weight of the bag equal only to the pull on my valiant, striving-to-be-environmentally-mindful soul. I try to recycle as much as I can, but it's tough; throwing a few bottles in another plastic bag hardly appears to make a difference. Trash just seems to be an unpleasant reality that has existed for all times and, if anything, its true purpose is that of a cultural barometer on what was deemed disposable, meaningless or lost in a particular time. As someone who routinely attends estate sales and trawls thrift stores, it's amazing to draw conclusions based on the remains of a life tossed aside without context. ("Jeans with tassels on the front. Obviously into country music.")

Today I'm sharing an excerpt from a recent Believer interview with Professor Robin Nagle, the anthropologist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation. Her thoughts on the ephemeral nature of "owning" anything really resonated with me, particularly the idea of object nihilism: that "every single thing you see is future trash. Everything." She hopes to ultimately form a Museum of Sanitation in New York.

Since 2006, Robin Nagle has been the anthropologist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY). She is the first to hold this title (though DSNY has had an artist-in-residence since 1977), which, the department claims, makes it the city’s “sole uniformed force…with its own social scientist.” As an anthropologist, she trained in fieldwork and the tools of social science; as a sanitation worker, she had a route in the Bronx.

On to Alex Carp's interview.
Read the original post in its entirety here - LINK.

Brazilian artist Gil Vicente poses in front of his paintings depicting himself killing Ariel Sharon, Pope Benedict XVI, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former US President George W Bush, Queen Elizabeth II and Brazil's former President Henrique Cardoso from the series "Inimigos" at the 29th Sao Paulo International Biennial
As much as I despise what some of those individuals depicted did, I don't agree with this. IMO this could incite violence, and it's immoral IMO. Of course he'll probably argue that he's only depicting his fantasies, and that he's not suggesting that anyone actually carry out these acts, but since we live among people who are mentally ill who do irrational things and can be influenced by what they see in the general media, these images are highly irresponsible IMO.
I agree that these depictions of this artist murdering heads of state is outrageous, but as you said they are just imaginary fantasies drawn out. Why is this any different than the cartoons of Mohammad, which did in fact incite angry muslims to kill and threaten the lives of the artists who drew them? We see all kinds of criminal acts in the movies and on TV, and how about all those killing spree video games? Sorry, but this is mild in comparison. Shocking perhaps, but that was the artist's intent.


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