Sue Austin is a performance and installation artist based in the UK. She has been wheelchair-bound since 1996, and dedicated her artistic work to “finding ways to understand and represent my embodied experience as a wheelchair user.” Most recently this goal has led her to team with scientists and diving experts to create a self-propelled underwater wheelchair. Using fins and a propeller, Austin is able to steer the machine with her feet and navigate a beautiful underwater world that was previously off-limits. Seeing her move through the water with ease and grace is both unexpected and powerful. Check out the video to see for yourself. [YouTube via Smithsonian]
According to The New York Post, St.JollysArt.com is a website featuring the artwork of the Jeffrey Johnson, the 58-year-old man who killed his former manager in front of NYC’s Empire State Building last week, and eventually died at the hands of police. (Nine innocent bystanders were injured by police gunfire.) Keep reading »
Artist Fraser Smith will carve you a whole outfit if if you let him. The Natchez, Mississippi-based master carver has a special skill set — he makes realistic-looking clothes and accessories out of wood. The 54-year-old has carved hats, basketball jerseys, even leather jackets out of basswood that’s stained with pigments to create trompe l’oeil wood sculptures. While you can tell the items aren’t what they seem from up close, Smith says that his items often confuse and bewilder viewers.
“They see it, and ask themselves, ‘Interesting coat, but why’s it hanging in the dining room?’ … A while later, they’ll learn what it’s made of, or bump into it, and realise it’s made of wood, and they’ll have to immediately change everything they thought of it. Some are excited, like they’d just seen magic.”
Check out more of Smith’s amazing clothing sculptures after the jump! [Daily Mail]
Belgian artist Liesbet Bussche has been working on a street art installation project called “Urban Jewellery,” in which she transforms normal city objects and fixtures into large scale jewelry. This giant earring, for example, was just a spherical stone roadblock before Bussche added the brass post and made all of us instinctively reach for our earlobes to make sure this wayward accessory wasn’t ours. After the jump, check out a chain barricade that Bussche turned into a massive charm bracelet… [Beautiful Decay] Keep reading »
Why is Fay Helfer‘s art so appropriate for Daenerys? Well, it has to do with how she produced those dark flowing lines: with fire. She uses a heated tip to burn her lines into wood, just like those hobby kits that your parents would never buy you when you were a kid because they were covered with warnings. Fortunately, you will not need parental supervision to view Helfer’s art right here. And don’t miss a special tabletop gaming surprise at the end. Read more…