Well…it was a given that we’d be returning to camp mystic Elisàr von Kupffer. The Baltic German artist, born on this day in 1872, used his canvasses to explore his own quasi-Christian religion known as Clarism. And although his utopian visions are peopled by slightly androgynous ephebes, their ritualistic poses suggest not so much an orgy as a clothes-optional Rosicrucian jamboree. Even in works not labelled as self portraits, Kupffer’s own features predominate.
Dress-down Friday: Elisàr von Kupffer
Last semester, Brooklyn based artist Erica Harris paid my school a visit and gave a lovely lecture on her work and life. Harris is a rather multifaceted artist, along with creating these amazing collages that I am featuring, she is a printmaker and illustrator. Her collages evoke a sense of whimsy with a touch of melancholy. The mixture of found imagery with painted paper and details such as hand stitching add another intriguing visual layer to Harris’s collages. Her work inspired by her travels, immediate surroundings, people, and cultures is very apparent through her direct use of found detritus; through these remnants Harris creates a new narrative and life for these discarded items.
“The history, debris, languages, and industries of my metropolis are a huge source of materials and inspiration.”
Below is a selection of Harris’s many beautiful collages from 1995 – 2013. Be sure to check out more of…
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A little feature of my recent work on Deviant Art