One of the contrasting concepts in Asian art is the appreciation for ‘asymmetrical balance’. Ikebana, a form of flower arranging, is known for mimicking and highlighting the beauty in nature. The main technique being to make sure that the left and the right sides, or the top and bottom,
There are certain objects that have a functionality buried in their beauty. Even though these objects have a functional use, their artistic nature makes you want to gaze at them for the pure sculptural value alone. Josefina Munoz makes ceramic objects that stun and amaze, to the point where you will
It’s easy to look at a three-dimensional object and consider them from an aesthetic sense, disregarding the psychological and thought provoking ideas hidden behind. This emotional dream we call life is the space we are embedded in, with creatives as the mediators between the unknown and the th
Matt Shlian likes to look at the world from a different perspective. Where most people see an ordinary, functional object, Shlian looks at the detail; He is curious about what sets them apart. While some see paper as just another material, he sees it as a basis for what can become an extraordinary p
The relationship between between our physical environment and the inspirations that make up all art or design is very fascinating. Design collective Furnishing Utopia, who we previously mentioned in 2018 with their brilliant collection interpreting the work of the Shakers, have put together their mo
French artist, Benjamin Plé, is a master of many mediums. Working with oil, watercolor, ink, and sculpture, Plé has crafted a sophisticated and unified body of work. Plé graduated from the renowned art school “Met de Penninghen” in 2002, after which he spent 5 years honing his craft a
Our whole goal here on OEN is to support more artists and makers that are experimenting with their creativity. I’ve had my eye on American artist Leigh Well’s collages for a number of years now. She has a fantastic sensibility and I was particularly taken aback by her ‘Versos’
There’s something about the closeness of those people around us that definitely seeps in to our work, even if it’s unintentional. I liked the way artist Joelle Somero explained it on her about page saying that both her children and husband inspire her work. Not only the free and intuitiv
How can we assume that there’s no story to tell through craft? That our emotion can’t come through in to these natural materials? I suppose thousands of years of functional forms takes the edge off an art that is, and has always been, about self expression. Maybe then, it takes a special
Looking for texture, shape, and colour combined? Look no further than the work of talented Chinese artist Yewen Dong who expresses herself through a number of different materials.
Raymond Saa is an artist of Cuban roots who creates collages that strike a balance between the tropical brightness and black and white tones which always seem to be in direct conflict in his work.