Thursday, June 14, 2007

TrulyScene series by John Stevenson

John's doing some very serious work with a cheery edge to it. This is digital art with roots in 18th century illustration, although it reminds me also of Romantic gravitas. Blooms are sometimes scanned over a few days' time, dramatizing their decay in a few images. This is the juicy, painful, delicious, squeaking-through and letting-go process of ripening.

The combination of full, richly colored scanogram and delicate illustration is a little like peeking at the skeleton while the flesh is still supple and warm. Eerie and inviting, bitter and sweet all at the same time.


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