Dense Fields of Colored String Comprise Expressive Portraits by Artist Joshua Adokuru

 Art #nails #portraits #thread #wool January 26, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Joshua Adokuru, shared with permission Blending sturdy metal with the soft warmth of wool, Joshua Adokuru winds vibrant fibers around precisely placed nails that anchor his expressive and abstract portraits. The Abuja-based artist always incorporates strings in shades of blue, which fill amorphous shapes highlighting the subject’s face or defining the checkered pattern of a sweater. It’s “a natural color, a color of the sky, a color of the sea,” he says, noting that he gravitates…

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“Where the Valley Sings” by Photographer Austin Quintana

New York City-based photographer Austin Quintana’s (previously featured here) latest series takes place in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, where his family has lived for generations. Known as Cañon de Cantor, or “singer’s canyon,” the name of the valley they call home refers to his ancestors, who were known for singing their prayers. Though not raised in the valley himself, Quintana grew up hearing his grandfather’s stories of a childhood in the mountains—and his dreams of one day making the valley his home. Decades later, his grandparents live on…

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Archeologists Unearth a Roman Glass Bowl Dating Back 2,000 Years in Pristine Condition

 Craft History #archaeology #bowls #glass January 27, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy Marieke Mom, shared with permission Sitting a few miles from the German border, Nijmegen is the oldest city in The Netherlands, and after a recent archeological dig, it’s also the site that unearthed a stunningly preserved bowl made of blue glass. The pristine finding, which is estimated to be about 2,000 years old, is from the agricultural Bataven settlement that once populated the region. Featuring diagonal ridges, the translucent vessel was made by pouring molten glass…

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Rectangular Black Boxes Enclose Coiling Serpents in Guido Mocafico’s Disorienting Photos

 Photography #animals #snakes January 27, 2022 Grace Ebert Atheris squamigera. All images © Guido Mocafico, shared with permission A puzzling blend of heads, tails, and scales, Guido Mocafico’s Serpens juxtaposes snakes’ coiled bodies with the tight confines of a small, rectangular box. The Italian photographer positions two or more slithering creatures against the black backdrops and shoots the composed images from overhead. Each reptile is so entwined that it’s difficult to tell them apart, resulting in a chaotic and disorienting mix of color, texture, and depth. Mocafico is known…

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