366 Melting Candles are a Tribute Emily Dickinson’s Poems

You could say that artist Spencer Finch is a literary junkie seeking to preserve the art of the written word with his own creative interpretations. His installation titled 366 (Emily Dickinson’s Miraculous Year) commemorates the year 1862, in which renowned writer Emily Dickinson completed 366 poems in 365 days.

The wax installation includes 366 candles, each symbolizing one poem from that productive year. Taking it a step further, Finch even color coded the sequence of swirling wax blocks of light according to the text of their corresponding poems. If Dickinson mentioned or alluded to a hue in a poem from this era, its corresponding candle was made to match in color. However, Finch says, “[P]oems in which no color is mentioned are made out of natural paraffin.”

The colorful spiral of candles are lit, one day at a time for 366 days. Each takes 24 hours to burn down, leaving behind a hardened puddle of wax. The artist calls it a “real-time memorial,” as it takes an entire year to fully realize the installation’s significance and complete its performance.

Spencer Finch website
via [My Darkened Eyes, postmastersart]

January 21, 2017

Fluttering Paper Birds Intricately Cut From Old Maps and Atlases

With vintage maps and aged atlases as her guides, London-based artist Claire Brewster crafts airy and ethereal avian cut-outs. Her colorful collection of paper birds play with negative space and silhouettes to illustrate the elegant aesthetic of birds in flight. Each figure features intricately carved feathers that appear to delicately flutter. With extended wings and alternating positions, the birds demonstrate the unique gestures of flying birds.

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January 20, 2017

Quirky Knit Gloves Reveal Unexpected Images When Placed Together

Istanbul-based Etsy shop Talking Gloves creates quirky knits with a picture-perfect twist. When placed side-by-side, the palms of each pair of cute gloves unexpectedly forms a single picture, putting a cozy and contemporary spin on the age-old diptych. Each pair of crafty gloves features two stitched designs: one on the left glove, and one on the right.

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