Candace Couse

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Dog Days of Winter

I don't know if it gets much better than playing in the snow if you have four legs and a tail.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Beili Liu: The Mending Project

liu during performance
image © don mason

detail of suspended scissors
image © don mason

'the mending project' by chinese-born artist beili liu is a performance art and installation project 
that consists of hundreds of chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling in a shimmery cloud. 
put on at the women and their work gallery in austin, texas, USA earlier this year, the piece
involved the artist sitting in front of a small black table, hand-mending patches of fabric together
which visitors are encouraged to cut themselves near the entrance. as the performance continues, 
the piece grows as one continuous cloth and lays spread on the floor.  

the hovering mass of the downward-pointed scissors represent the distant fear and looming
violence present in today's cultural climate. the sharp blades above the artist are put on contrast 
by the silent and simple act of mending. the dichotomous result of the instant fear superimposed
with the calming effect of the sewing creates a surreal atmosphere in the room. 


'the mending project' by beili liu at the women and their work gallery in austin, texas, USA
image © don mason

Monday, 9 January 2012

While You Were Sleeping...

No one is safe from me and my sharpie! Here is some of my best (and only) work. You have been warned!

On a plane

In a hotel (note: her name is most certainly not "Kim")

In a bedroom (or on a boat?). A boat in a bedroom.

Friday, 6 January 2012

The Invisible Mother

Today I was in a very ambitious Antique store admiring--among other strange curios--old tin-type photographs. As you may know from this post, I have a real love for them.

I recently came across this post by on "The Invisible Mother."

Apparently, "This was the practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to ensure a sharply focused image."

What a quirk of pragmatic thought!