I’ve been thinking a lot about words (language as symbols) lately and decided – in an effort to get away from words for a few moments – to reconstruct the alphabet using visual art. For each letter, I’ll give an example of an artist whose work has deeply influenced me. Some of them I know as friends and have worked with. Some are emerging artists and others are famous. They are all visual and media artists and they range from painters to photographers, illustration artists to sculpture and installation artists.
I hope you find the first part of my visual alphabet to be inspiring eye candy! And if you have some free time, I’d encourage you to create an alphabet list of your favorite artists as well. (if you do and post it somewhere, put a link to it in the comments section) This exercise will help you understand your personal aesthetics and grow you as an artist.
*A few notes: A big thank you to Lorraine Glessner, whose blog continues to inspire me each week with familiar and unfamiliar artists alike.
* I have many more artists under each letter (and some I have fudged for either first name or last) but this is a sampling of some of the strongest work I’ve seen for each corresponding letter.
* This list is also reflective (largely) of my obsession with beeswax, thread, textiles, installation art, light, and earth tones
Transparent Couture #1
wood, flocking, fabric paint
Wool, thread, acrylic medium
0′s and 1′s
encaustic on panel
oil, wax, collage
cloth, thread, acrylic paint
A Pattern of Connections
beeswax, tree resin, muslin, brass, fishing line
from the Nexus series
encaustic, mixed media