The more I experience various works of art and the artists/designers that create them, I learn a little something about myself. I have noticed recently that I am very drawn to soft, ethereal, almost fantasy like art. I love abstract works as much as I love realism. I absolutely believe that photography can be an art form as much as it is a mechanism of memory making and documenting. I am currently in a period of obsession over anything done in watercolour or oil on canvas that looks as though it is watercolour. James Turner, Monet and oh yah, Clare Elsaesser are among the artists I am really really inspired by at this current time. I am hoping that sometime this week I will be able to make it to the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) here in Toronto because James Turner's exhibit closes at the end of January (the 30th to be exact) and I don't want to miss seeing his amazing works in person. I learned about him last semester in my Visual Culture class and have been obsessed ever since.
Anyways, today is not about James Turner. It is about Clare Elsaesser and her amazingly feminine and captivating oil on canvas portraits. In the spirit of Valentines Day and the fact that today marks the beginning of February, I for whatever reason felt that Clare's work perfectly set the mood and vibe I am feeling this month and will be feeling all this month. There's something about the Valentine season that makes me feel so much more feminine and I seem to appreciate little details much more during this month of the year. Call me a romantic or whatever you want...I will personally argue with you for hours that I am one of the least romantic people you will ever meet, but this is beside the point. February is for girlishness and that's where I leave this discussion. So here, meet Clare Elsaesser and fall in love with her work, just like I did.