by Manon Wethly
This remarkable chandelier from Hilden & Diaz projects a 360° shadow of trees and roots onto the walls surrounding it. Titled Forms in Nature the light was partly inspired by the drawings of Ernst Haeckel, the German biologist, naturalist, and philosopher (among other things) who is perhaps most famous for discovering thousands of new animal species and mapping them to a genealogical “tree of life”. Hilden & Diaz describe via their website that the shadows in their light are actually upside down:
Interestingly, the roots are those elements of the forest that are the most visible. Thereby the sculpture is not only mirrored, but also turned upside down in Hilden & Diaz’ artwork. [...] The shadows engulfs the room and transforms the walls into unruly shadows of branches, bushes and gnarled trees. Mirrorings are thrown out upon the walls and ceilings and provide weak Rorschach-like hints of faces, life and flow of consciousness. Dimming the lights transforms the installation and one senses a weak fire burning deep in the center of the forest.
*By David Godfrey
Like the other great Brazilian export, samba, Tartaruga Feliz has traveled the world
leaving happy people in her wake. Currently based in Portugal, she recently agreed to a chat.
Where do you live now?
I live in my shell, everywhere. I don’t have a house and I’m always
traveling while drawing what moves my heart.
It’s full of bubbles with animated creatures spread everywhere.
It’s big though, so it’s fine.
Why did you decide to dive into art?
I have the feeling that everyone dives into art at some point.
Most leave as soon as they realize the mess it is.
I stayed! (Cheshire cat like grin)
What are the themes that fascinate you in creating your colorful designs?
I like to work with the kids’ universe, because it’s the only one
that talks to me in a deep, natural way.
I feel lucky to be able to work with what I love.
How would you describe your style?
Cute, happy creatures that will make you smile.
What do you love to do when you are not working?
I meet with my friends, draw just for myself, play videogames,
and watch a lot of cartoons (Adventure Time is my favorite at the moment)!
What are your dreams for the future?
My only dream is to always be around my friends.
Imaginary or not!
We’ve all had our fair share of heartbreaks throughout our lives and there’s nothing better than those
tried-and-true items we take comfort in during those painful times. Melanie Chernock set out to make
a first aid kit that combined all the things to help mend a broken heart and she calls it Love Hurts.
The kit definitely brings in a bit of humor because frankly, we all need to laugh through the pain, am I right?
The essentials included are: dark chocolate, vodka, a candle with matches, bubble bath, candy hearts with
choice words, a mix CD, and if all else fails, a pack of tissues.