“If Home Was Home ” by Photographer Michelle Lisa Polissaint

Michelle Lisa Polissaint is a Haitian-American visual artist and arts organizer based in Miami, Florida. Her ongoing series, “If Home Was Home,” follows several trips to visit her family in Vieux-Bourg-d’Aquin, Haiti. Born in the wake of a previous series of introspective self-portraits in which Polissaint explored her relationship with herself away from the guidance of her parents, “If Home Was Home” looks outward, documenting the context of her upbringing.  A residence artist at Bakehouse Art Complex, Polissaint is represented by Spinello Projects. Of her work, she explains: “Utilizing photography,…

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A Remarkable Short Film Dives into a Vancouver Lake to Document Tadpoles’ Evolution

 Photography Science #amphibians #short film #video #water February 5, 2021 Grace Ebert  During the course of four years, Maxwel Hohn submerged himself in a remote lake on Vancouver Island to record the otherwise unseen life cycles of western toads. The hours of stunning footage culminate in the award-winning short film, “Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration,” which chronicles the tiny amphibians’ evolution from bulbous swimmers—Hohn notes how the critters look like they’re smiling constantly at this stage—to fully formed toads. Because the ecosystem is incredibly fragile, the Canadian videographer…

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Abstract Masses of Porcelain Consume Embracing Figures in Sculptures by Artist Claudia Fontes

 Art #body #porcelain #sculpture February 5, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Claudia Fontes, shared with permission Argentina-born artist Claudia Fontes (previously) continues her Foreigners series with small sculptures of figures enveloped by plumes of porcelain. Recent additions to the expanding collection are more abstract than previous iterations, which often revealed the body’s curves and gestures, although all of the works feature limbs embracing within or attempting to escape from the textured clouds. The pocked surface resembles organic matter, like sea sponges or coral, and seamlessly merges life forms…

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Dozens of Contemporary Artists Collaborate with Puzzles with Purpose to Create Limited-Edition Jigsaws

 Art Photography #games #puzzles February 5, 2021 Grace Ebert “My soul ain’t for sale” by Nicole Rafiki The team at Puzzles with Purpose launched a multi-pronged initiative last fall that directly supports artists and charities around the globe while giving the rest of us a much-needed distraction. Art X Puzzles tasked more than 80 creatives—the list includes Louise Lawler, Nicole Rafiki, Spencer Tunick (previously), and Pixy Liao—with producing a unique work for a limited-edition jigsaw and choosing a social-justice or COVID-relief organization to share proceeds with. The paper, wood,…

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