Tag Archives: Birds

Laura Makabresku – A Macabre World of Dreams and Melancholy

10 Nov

Stillness, quiet melancholy and spider-web fragility of the world Laura Makabresku has created in her photographs keep haunting me for weeks now. I discovered her photographs slowly, one by one, and each intrigued me because it seemed to tell a story, without a clear beginning or ending, like a frozen moment in time that leaves your wondering and daydreaming.

Polish photographer Laura Makabresku is completely self-taught and she sees photography as a diary-medium to portray her feelings and her inner world; this makes me even more intrigued. Her photographs are easily recognisable by their dreamy beauty. Still, by gazing at them one after another, one can sense the changing moods: innocent sleepy chambers where long-hared maidens reside in their flimsy gowns of wistfulness and reverie, easily thorn by the sharp claws of reality. Ophelia-maidens trapped in cages of silk, birds and fawns are their only companions. Pale feminine ideal, porcelain muses easily shattered by rays of light. They seem lonely and mute, yet their hair whispers softly of darker secrets underneath their porcelain skin… From their muteness arises the melody of Chopin’s Nocturnes, at times deeply melancholic, at times shiveringly passionate. While some photos resemble David Hamilton’s dazzling mix of innocence and eroticism, the others portray the gruesome and bloody side of fairy tales and folklore; pale arms adorned with cuts, wrists with drops of blood, dead birds, dried flowers and lace doilies soaked in old perfume… If you’ve read real fairy tales, and not the naff Disney-versions, you’ll know how darkly imaginative and disturbing they can get, and I think Makabresku captures that mood well. The fairy tale fabric of her dreamy scenes is woven with a thick Slavic atmosphere of silence and mysteries. In some of her photos, I feel the dreariness and mystique of the Polish fields and meadows that Chopin wrote in one of his letters. At other times, I feel an oppressive and claustrophobic Kafkaesque mood. Her photos simply evoke so many ideas, dreams, memories… These are just my impressions, now I will leave you to enjoy the pictures!

 

Dark coat, a lock of hair with a ribbon, a bird peeking from the pocket: if this doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what does! Just looking at her photos gives me story ideas.

And here is a link to her website: http://lauramakabresku.com

Albrecht Dürer’s Watercolours

17 Jun

Extremely versatile and prolific artist, Albrecht Dürer was born in Nürnberg – one of the artistic centres of Europe in the Renaissance. Durer was a true Homo Universalis, one of the first artists that showed interest in Italy and its art developments, and also one of the first painters to use watercolours and popularise the use of that medium. I wanted to share these beautiful watercolour painting of flowers, trees, some birds, and his famous painting ‘Young Hare‘ because I think it’s fascinating how someone would even be interested in painting simple things from nature. Durer’s wide range of interests, and his enjoyment and study of everything around him could be compared only to Leonardo da Vinci. Themes of his paintings expressed his wide range of interests; fragments of nature, watercolour landscapes, portraits and self-portraits and paintings of religious content.

Since I am trapped in the nineteenth and early twentieth century art, Munch’s Scream, Van Gogh’s starry skies, and Modigliani’s melancholic nudes have become my reality, and it utterly fascinates me that something as simple as grass could capture the artist’s attention. Durer must have possessed a calmness of mind. No despair or anger in these serene watercolours.

1510-20. Albrecht Dürer, ‘Eight Studies of Wild Flowers’, Watercolour1510-20 Albrecht Dürer, ‘Eight Studies of Wild Flowers’, Watercolour

1526. Albrecht Dürer - Study of Lilies, watercolour on paper, Musee Bonnat, France1526 Albrecht Dürer – Study of Lilies, watercolour on paper, Musee Bonnat, France

1503. Albrecht Dürer - The Large Piece of Turf1503 Albrecht Dürer – The Large Piece of Turf

1545. Albrecht Dürer, Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium Martagon)Albrecht Dürer, Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium Martagon)

1526. Albrecht Dürer - Primula1526 Albrecht Dürer – Primula

The Tuft of Grass Minor, watercolour by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1521)The Tuft of Grass Minor, watercolour by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1521)

1494. Linden Tree on a Bastion - Albrecht Durer1494 Linden Tree on a Bastion – Albrecht Durer

1495. View of the Arco Valley in the Tyrol - Albrecht Durer1495 View of the Arco Valley in the Tyrol – Albrecht Durer

1500. Peonies - Albrecht Durer1500 Peonies – Albrecht Durer

1543. Albrecht Dürer ‘Three Studies of a Tree Bullfinch‘  watercolorAlbrecht Dürer ‘Three Studies of a Tree Bullfinch‘ watercolor

1512. Wing of a Blue Roller - Albrecht Durer1512 Wing of a Blue Roller – Albrecht Durer

1508. Albrecht Durer - An Owl1508 Albrecht Durer – An Owl

1502 Albrecht Durer – Young Hare