This is a sculpture by Wim Botha, a sculptor from South Africa who creates amazing, choppy-looking pieces out of books and wood. This particular piece is entitled Fuze and is made of charred fire-resistant pine, wood, and lacquer. Isn’t it beautiful?
Berndnaut Smilde is a Dutch artist who is most well known for his amazing sculptures of clouds. That’s right, the picture below is not photoshopped — that’s a “real” cloud hovering in the room you’re seeing! Smilde uses a combination of smoke, water vapor, and dramatic lighting to create these temporary works of art that exist only as photos. You can check out the rest of his beautiful images here.
When you think of “burning” and art, you probably first thing of book burning and censorship, or you think of giant flaming sculptures like the one at Burning Man. Crontrolled word burning is actually an art form in and of itself, however, and it’s called pyrography, which literally means “writing with fire” in Greek. It’s also known as pokerwork, because the artist typically uses tools resembling hot pokers to get the right temperature (and therefore, the right shade) for their creations.
As with water marbling, which we featured last week, wood burning is an ancient form practiced by many different cultures such as the Egypt, several African tribes, and China. It’s also a folkart in many Eastern European cultures as well. It became popular in Western Europe during the Victorian era, and while the process is often automated now, there are still a lot of great independent artists who use more traditional methods, such as Julie Bender, Daniel Tate, and Donna Lee. Check out what her work looks like below!
image from The Craftology Store
Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese custom that translates to “floating ink;” it is also called paper marbling, or painting on water. The artist fills a shallow tray with water and carefully apply ink and paint to the surface, then transfers that ink to paper by gently pressing the paper onto the water in the tray. The “floating colors” approach to marbling also appeared in Islamic and Central Asia, and came over to Western Europe in the 17th century. Many artists, such as Amy Lee Segami, Joan Ajala, and Heidi Finley, who you can see using the technique below: