“This Low Mound of Earth” by Photographer Jen Mawson

Growing up in a military family, photographer Jen Mawson never lived anywhere for more than a few months or years at a time. Now based in Boston, Massachusetts, Mawson attributes her comfort with the ephemeral to her transient childhood. Her recent series, “This Low Mound of Earth,” feels like a meditation on the passing of time—seen through the evidence of dilapidation and decay Mawson immortalizes with her camera. “These photographs show instances of waste, fragmentation, and compromise in a culture that is mired in excess and rapidly approaching its limits…

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This Warty Pig Painting Is Thought To Be the Oldest Cave Art in the World

 Art History #animals #cave art #caves #Indonesia #painting January 14, 2021 Grace Ebert Deep within Leang Tedongnge, a cave tucked away on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, archaeologists discovered this mulberry-hued painting of a warty pig and two hand silhouettes potentially belonging to the artist, which is now believed to be the oldest figurative work in the world. A study published in Science Advances this week says the impeccably preserved rendering is at least 45,500 years old, which predates previously discovered depictions of mythical creatures in the region. Those…

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Loose Fibers Billow Out of Warped Ceramic Sculptures by Artist Nicole McLaughlin

 Art Craft #ceramics #fiber art #identity #mixed media #sculpture January 14, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Nicole McLaughlin, shared with permission “As a product of an American father and a Mexican mother, I am influenced by the conflicting expectations I have received as a woman within my two cultures,” says artist Nicole McLaughlin. From her studio in Marion, Massachusetts, McLaughlin combines historically domestic crafts—ceramics and fiber art—into striking sculptures that explore identity and heritage, particularly in relation to gendered expectations, traditions, and the changes that occur as generations…

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More Than 90 Artists Create Original Works on Vintage Envelopes for ‘Couriers of Hope’

 Art Illustration #animals #drawing #envelopes #found objects #mail art #watercolor January 14, 2021 Grace Ebert By Andrew Hem What brings you hope? That’s the central question behind a new group exhibition presented by Port City Creative Guild. Couriers of Hope boasts more than 120 original pieces from more than 90 artists—the list includes Rosanne Kang Jovanovski, Andrew Hem (previously), Sean Chao (previously), and Yoskay Yamamoto—all rendered on vintage envelopes. Prompted by the mail art movement of the 1960s, the exhibition features an eclectic array of watercolor, pencil, and mixed-media…

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