Corkskin - 5K - Legion blowout

Cork and Wood Paper Samples

I discovered these beautiful cork and wood papers while researching Yupo, a synthetic paper that is tree-free, recyclable, and waterproof.  More about Yupo soon – this page is about the Cork and TImber papers that came in my box of samples from Legion.

Fine layers of cork and wood were laminated to paper creating a paperlike structure that retains the feel of its surface wood and cork.  I’m not sure how I’ll use these in my artwork but for now, I’ve created hi-res scans [click twice on thumbnails above] that could make wonderful layers for digital art.  (Feel free to grab and use these scans.)


Newness

Newness is in eternity and the passing moment

And a challenge because it requires acceptance of potential errors.

Because perhaps in the New we will find something offensive, painful, wrong, to be avoided.  And because of that, we, like the fly “Fear”, will try to nourish ourselves on shit and will spend our days buzzing around carcasses. Alive but not living.

There can also be an equation with discomfort to Newness.  Uncomfortableness – the humans want no itches, pains, bad thoughts or scary feelings – it is uncomfortable.

Etymologically speaking:
Un = Not
Com = beside
Fort = A fortified place
Able = Possible

Fears of discomfort guard the gates of newness behind which lie all the things, the firsts, the ‘aha’s!, the tools which we can now finally wield with confidence.

Always there in eternity and hence in every passing moment.

Deep in the wild mountains,
is a strange marketplace,
where you can
trade the hassle and noise of
everyday life, for eternal
Light.
Milarepa


Hilma at Klint - Seeing is Believing

Hilma af Klint

‘She found the outside inside herself’

on af Klint in “Seeing is Believing” ~ Fee Briony, Author

Hilma Af Klint - Paintings for the Future - Back

At the turn of the 20th century, Hilma af Klint explored the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian…. and yet is little known.

At around this same time, Emma Kunz and Georgiana Houghton similarly completed large bodies of abstract work that they themselves referred to as Mediumistic.  It is quite fun to watch their essayists hem and haw over that bad M-word.

For me, one of the most interesting books published to date about Hilma’s work is “Notes and Methods”.  The pieces in this book aren’t finished pieces of art but samples from some of her stacks of workbooks where she channeled the pieces she would create as messages.

Her work is loaded with symbolism which she meticulously tracked in a ledger documenting the symbols of the complex language she received and relayed.

 

 

Notes by Kimm Kiriako


Attic Zine No. 19, Blue / Collaboration

Collaboration

Quite a few years ago Nicola Winborn of Marsh Flower Gallery initiated, poured time into and lifted up a large-scale collaboration between herself and artists from all over the world.

The tie she used to bind this project is color.  There have been many rounds and for each one – Nicola shares a color with those who may want to participate.   Each artist sends Nicola 20 eight-by-five-inch works on paper which she compiles and edits into an assembling zine, Attic Zine.  One of the most lovely pages in the Zine is a piece from Nicola.

Blue Madonna's Raven

The most recent Attic Zine round, ‘Blue’, was one of my most meditative and interesting projects of any kind to date.  I knew as soon as Nicola shared the color for this round would be blue that I wanted to do blue on black.  (Black paper has always been a favorite of mine.)

My drawings for this round were done during the lock-down months of COVID and for me reflect the great quiet and stillness that covered the land for a few months.  The drop in the noise and activity levels in my highly touristed neighborhood were rather astounding and certainly extraordinary for this very happily introverted artist.  The “Blue Madonnas” came out quite easily during this time and still comfort me in a strange but honest way.

ϖ  See peacocks, ravens, and silent women in the quiet night  ϖ