Artists That Inspire Us
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this first blog post of Cindy Ingram’s Art Ed Blogger’s Network series! I’m super honored to be apart of such an eclectic group of bloggers. We were tasked with kicking off the series with the question “Artists that Inspire Us.” I went back and forth on whether this should be about artists who inspire my own artistic creations or on artists who I think are just plain rad. I went with the latter. Hope you enjoy three of my personal favorites!
Do-Ho Suh is a contemporary South Korean artist. I first learned about Do-Ho in college when my professor showed me his Art21 video. Last year, I had the opportunity to see an exhibition of his in Madison, WI! Living in Wisconsin, it’s not often I get to see exhibitions like this due to the lack of art museums and galleries in the state so I was pretty psyched when I heard he was gonna be in the area. Besides having the exhibition, I also listened to him give an artist talk and detail his thought process! Check out some of my pictures below!
He has a wide range of works but the ones that I am particularly drawn to are his recreations of the places he has lived. He builds them out of a fine, transparent mesh that has a ghost-like feel when you can see through the walls into several different rooms at once. He leaves no detail overlooked and stitches every little thing that you can imagine in a home; thermostat, outlets, toilet (with the piping inside), radiator, air conditioner, etc.
Another work of his that I am particularly fond of is his Rubbing/Loving series. For this artwork, he covered his entire apartment in paper. He then created texture rubbings of everything in the apartment. The repetitive process almost becomes a sort of meditation for him as the space’s details emerge. When finished, he removed the paper and now displays the rubbings so that they are flat on walls. This creates a sort of ‘blueprint’ to his home.
Here is a project by my 3rd graders who were inspired by Do-Ho.
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Here’s another artist I learned about in college during an Art21 video! Seriously, if you haven’t checked out that series, you need to. Ursula is another artist I had the opportunity to listen to talk about her process. She was one of the keynote speakers at NAEA17 and one of my personal favorite sessions to attend. She makes colossal-sized sculptures out of pieces of wood. I couldn’t get over how amazed I was that such a small, petite woman was making such large monstrosities! She grinds, marks, and cuts into the wood before piecing all of them together. Lastly, she rubs a graphite into them to give them more of an aged appearance.
Her work is inspired and resembles “landscapes, the human body, and utilitarian objects (Art21).” I particularly enjoy how each sculpture seems to take on a life of its own. Many appear as if they are monstrous creatures slumping across the floor.
Julie Mehretu is another artist I learned about in college through an Art21 video. I swear that I didn’t have the intent to feature 3 Art21 artists, it just sorta happened! In college, I actually created an artwork inspired by Julie.
Julie is inspired by maps, topography, landscapes, and architecture and uses a little bit of each in her works. I am always drawn to artists that are influenced by maps, I think in part because maps lend themselves to being more geometric which reflects my own work. I particularly like how Julie picks and chooses parts of these things when she paints. She won’t necessarily paint an entire building but may choose to just paint the windows, then she layers other parts of other buildings on top of that. Her plethora of layers makes for a dense, complex looking composition.
Here is a project I did with my 3rd graders inspired by Julie.
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Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President-Elect. Apple Teacher.