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Surreal Ceramics
September 12, 2012, 5:46 pm
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I love Sergei Isupov‘s unique ceramic works and seem to stumble across them at least once a week for the last few months, either online or through books I’ve seen. His work certainly stays in the back of my mind when I think of interesting contemporary ceramics. Isupov is a Russian artist currently living and working in the Western MA area.

Kate MacDowell, who studied at Brown in Providence, RI, works in porcelain. She creates incredibly detailed pieces, many dealing with  human and animal autopsied bodies and internal organs. She uses different kinds of lighting inside some of her pieces, giving them a warm glow.

If anyone knows of any other interesting/weird ceramic artists, let me know!


Airplane Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style
April 27, 2012, 3:19 pm
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I have seen this article a couple times and just think its hilarious.

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

The artist,  Nina Katchadourian, enjoys adorning herself in toilet paper while in airplane bathrooms and photographing herself  in the style of Flemish Renaissance paintings.

Some of her other art  projects include a series of C-prints of a pet snake befriending a mouse that should have been its dinner, and  genealogy charts of characters from supermarket products.

Celebrating Audrey Niffenegger and other women writers
March 16, 2012, 3:12 pm
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Our lovely Public Services librarian, Gabrielle Reed, put a a couple of Audrey Niffenegger’s books on the bookshelf near our Circulation desk, along with many other books by female writers, poets, artists, etc.

Audrey Niffenegger is most known for her book The Time-traveler’s Wife, which was made into a movie in 2009, but has also made several beautiful visual books.  She  currently teaches in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Her work is reminiscent of Edward Gorey a little, especially her “novel in pictures,” The Three Incestuous Sisters:


Niffenegger also has a number of self-portraits and other paintings up on her website as well as a link to the first chapters of  her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile which was published in Sept. 2010 and is available on

 Lastly, check out the artist book Poisonous Plants at Table, which contains a short story written and illustrated by Niffenegger.

Food and Art
February 15, 2012, 4:29 pm
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Post-Valentine’ Day, This  lovely cake image was passed around in the Tech Services work room recently:

You can find more examples of this bakery’s cake design, including images of a man devouring a similar anatomical heart cake with great relish at

There is currently a 3D Graduate course that is offered at Mass Art called  Food and Art that makes me wonder if they are attempting edible art works like this. The class is currently taught by Judy Haberl, whose work you can see at her website:

She works with a variety of materials, most not food related, but I enjoyed her baking sheet quilts: