Browsing through Etsy on a dull post-Christmas morning, I came across lucybones. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/lucybones). Lucybones incorporates nature into the art in a unique way. For instance, “Stem” is an original oil painting and photomicrograph on Hahnemuhle William Turner 310 gsm paper. The subject of this piece is bamboo.
“Warmth” is another oil painting and photomicrograph.
The subject of “Warmth” is a silicone breast implant. Lucybones draws on her appreciation of “the unseen world of minerals, plants, and animals” in her art.
Before Christmas, I was thinking about creativity and analogy. I’ve read that very creative people are those who can think in analogies. The Private Eye is an education program based on encouraging just such thinking. Creativity is fostered by looking at common objects through a jeweler’s loupe and asking questions like, “this reminds me of…” or “When I see this it makes me think of…” When I see lucybones’s art, it makes me think she is a master of analogy, for it’s not just anyone who can find warmth and beauty in a silicone breast implant!
As artists, we should all make a New Year’s resolution to look at the things around us with fresh eyes.