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After knowing how many of my friends and myself struggle with getting ideas, I've decided to try something new here.

Whenever I find a work, website or artist that's cool or inspiring, I'm posting a link and some information. I have this gift for finding wacky and quirky items and I'm finally going to share them with the general public. Hopefully this will help, especially with my college friends. We're preparing to find a placement and need to produce tons of work. o_O

Currently Boosting: Colleen Wolstenholme

From the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia:
"Wolstenholme received a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1986 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and a Master of Fine Art in 1992 from the State University of New York, The College at New Paltz. Her pharmaceutically inspired sculptures and jewellery gained notoriety internationally and her work has been widely featured in magazines and journals, namely Harper's, People, and the London Sunday Times, as well as being reviewed in numerous art magazines and journals."

Her work with medication is nifty in an almost "Why didn't I think of that?" kind of way. Meds are very common in our culture - there's a pill for everything! - but many people don't care to discuss their medical problems in the open. I'm not sure people believe it shows weakness or if they don't want to gross out others with the details.

The result for me (your mileage may vary) is a two-way approach. The artwork both takes something common from our culture and twists the way we look at it, but also brings the existance of these items to light. Confused? Well, I knew that these medications existed, but I never knew what the tablets looked like. The art forces you to become much more aware of the minior details in our world that we'd pay no attention normally, since such details are "for weaker people". Do you know what a Singulair tablet looks like? Probably not, since you don't need to. :P

Wolstenholme also creates art pieces that examine female body image and the role of women in our culture.


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