TED Talk Thursday – Zaria Forman: Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth

According to TED.com: “Zaria Forman’s large-scale compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting with foam explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility. Join her as she discusses the meditative process of artistic creation and the motivation behind her work. ‘My drawings celebrate the beauty of what we all stand to lose,’ she says. ‘I hope they can serve as records of sublime landscapes in flux.’ ”

“Zaria Forman uses visual art to connect people with the impact of climate change.”

“The inspiration for Zaria Forman’s drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother’s fine art photography. She was born in South Natick, Massachusetts and currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the Student Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and received a BS in Studio Arts at Skidmore College in New York. Her works have been in publications such as JuxtapozMagazine, National Geographic Magazine, Huffington Post, and the Smithsonian Magazine.”

“Recent achievements include participation in Banksy’s Dismaland and a solo exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York in September and October of 2015. Her drawings have been used in the set design for the Netflix TV series House of Cards.”

“In August 2012, Forman led Chasing the Light, an expedition sailing up the coast of Greenland, retracing the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford and documenting the rapidly changing arctic landscape. Continuing to address climate change in her work, Forman traveled multiple times to the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, and arguably the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.”

“Forman was invited aboard the National Geographic Explorer, traveling to Antarctica as an artist-in-residence in November and December 2015. Her next solo show will take place at Winston Wächter Fine Art’s Seattle location, in February and March of 2017.”

Enjoy this inspiring talk.

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

Mandala Monday – Creating a mandala – Oksitocin Style

Today we have a short video showing you in detail how mandalas are drawn Oksitocin style by Oksana Stepanova. I highly recommend that you go to her website at www.oksitocin.com to see more of her beautiful work.

Here is a quote about her from her website: “Originally from Siberia, Russia, Oksana was raised in URSS, Israel and Canada. At the age of six she starts to develop her artistic talents through dance, drawing and visual arts. At 22 she has completed a degree in Architecture and starts working in the interior design and construction field. With age and maturity her curiosity draws her to more esoteric subjects, she then develops her spirituality and her artistic side through various experiences, encounters, documentaries and travels. She starts her own research in different art fields and discovers a passion in working with Mandalas with a special interest in ancient symbols & Sacred geometry.”

Enjoy!

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

TED Talk Thursday – Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake

According to TED.com: “In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation … and transcend it.”

“Hansen challenged himself to create art using unconventional materials (dandelion puffs, matches, live worms, hamburger grease) and canvases (a stack of Satrbucks cups, his torso, bananas). The resulting time-lapse videos of his creative processes are his meta-art, showing that art is action, not just results. Through an integrated view of what sparks creativity, Hansen has devoted himself to teaching others the approaches to creativity that have changed both his outlook and his artistic endeavors. You can read more in his 2012 book, Tattoo a Banana.”
Interesting talk.

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

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