My artist friend Liz Sweibel has upgraded her Web site to show us some interesting works. There is a variety of categories to explore. I went first to Collage/Drawing. Within this group I was first drawn to Interiors. Each of these tiny collages began with a "before" photo from Architectural Digest. There are ten of them. Each one of these small works (barely a few inches but framed in a larger box) is intriguing and priced very reasonably. There is a means to purchase the works directly through the site.
The Interiors are sparse and have a sense of anticipation. They remind me a bit of the interior paintings by the Spanish artist Antonio Lopez Garcia that I saw at the MFA in Boston in 2008. There is a stark realism that draws you in. As the MFA wrote about Garcia, “His masterful paintings of the prosaic, familiar places of his world …reveal an unusual sensitivity to his subject. Through uncompromising study of his subjects, he has imbued the commonplace with a haunting and extraordinary character…at once brilliant and subdued, ethereal and fleeting, and palpable.” I think this also applies to Liz’s Interior collages.
Staying with Collage/Drawing I next went to Plans. As Liz wrote, “These later collages, also small, use drawings appropriated from a book on Italian architects as their starting point.” There is a nice juxtaposition of construction and drawing in each image. They are also small and small is a good size for these images. A number of them remind me of my last trip to Italy.
Still within Collage/Drawing, I was drawn to Stamps. They are a “labor-intensive series of sheets of stamps, each stamp a tiny collage. The stamps led to the more personal, meditative Interiors collages.” The labor is evident but so is the thought that went into it. These are a bit larger but still under a foot on the side.
The Snapshot Series are described by Liz “as a quick, informal way to capture patterns in the physical world that embody ideas that interest me, then crop each image until it's reduced and elevated to something essential.” A group of images titled Property Lines shows the point of contact between neighbors. There are some nice images here that have a sense of being at connection points and leave you to imagine what is being connected. This is a good thing, as the point of connection stands on its own. There is much more to explore on this art site and I encourage you to take a look. Check out her blog for more context.