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Would you like to see my Studio?

Hello my friends, how are you?

Now February is here, I want to show you my studio space!

Of late, there is a lot of distress, turmoil, and (needed) protests around the World. How can one man, in the first weeks of his presidency, create so much chaos?

Today, I wanted to show you the place where I create my illustrations and the place that brought me calm, and tranquillity. I hope it does for you too.

IMG_5151.JPGIt’s a desk space *technically* in the dining room, and made it into a relaxed and creative workspace. From an unused dining room to a makeshift workspace and dining area – it doesn’t look too shabby. Does it?

You might recognise a few things if you watch my Instagram stories or live videos. Some artworks here, are my originals from my Inktober challenge on Instagram and World Dance series.

This is where I spend most of my days and nights at. Yes, that is a working wall clock! The postcards on the walls change from time to time, depending on my mood. I really like the muted pastels composed with the vibrant colours at the moment.

junesees-work-studio-deskpace-1-001Like any workspace, I have a sense of routine here – I have my notepads to doodle my ideas or brain-dump my thoughts. The wall is also a dry-erase whiteboard too! So I can write any important notes or dates down.

To be honest, my desk is a lot messier than this! I’ll put my sketches, works-in-progress up, current projects on the wall.

Making the decision to give up the shared studio and work from home, I can now say that working from home is the best thing for me. I hope this inspired you to work from home or create your own little studio space.

Thanks to Chloe Pierre LDN for featuring me on her blog post.

Where do you do your creative projects?
Do you work from home or in a shared studio?

I would love to know and see where you work 🙂

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Illustrated Exhibition and Video review of Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition at Tate Modern

Hello, my Friends! How I missed you.

I’d thought I switch it up, and show you my video of Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern. The film is a chance to show you the flavours of this show, and how it inspires me as an Illustrator.

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Illustration portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe

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Firstly, I’ll tell you how I stumbled about Georgia O’Keeffe. We rarely studied female artists at High school. Frida Kahlo was on the surrealist curriculum, but Georgia O’Keeffe was part of my credits for my arts exam to graduate. Yes, I was fascinated by her flower and skull paintings, I saw them as first and foremost as beautiful natural forms. Bear in mind, doing homework during the age of dial-ups internet connection was painful…

Did you study Georgia O’Keeffe at High School?

My husband’s sniggers when he sees a flower painting of Georgia O’Keeffe – I look at him eyes piercing sideways and sigh heavily. He can’t help it, nor can anyone for the matter. I think that’s the problematic and notoriety of O’Keeffe’s work. Put down upon as vulgar or subversive sexual tones, or an icon of female sexuality, this is what she is famous for. Is she purely defined by her flower paintings only? No.

It’s been over 20 years since an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe in the UK. Never before has any galleries in the UK has an O’Keeffe artwork acquired for public viewing, so this exhibition I can safely tell you is incredibly rare.With over 100 major works, ranging from charcoal, photography and drawings, this exhibition is beautifully and respectfully curated. I wasn’t aware she did charcoal drawings nor cityscapes.

Marking the centenary of O’Keeffe’s artist debut at the ‘291’ Gallery in New York in 1916; the exhibition welcomes you to that art scene. The exhibition at ‘291’ Gallery was curated by avant-garde photographer Alfred Stieglitz – whom she later married.
Sold at Sotheby’s auction for £28 million became the record for the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold.Recognised as a founding icon of American Modernism, O’Keeffe quietly breaks boundaries and claimed as a pioneer by female artists of the 1970s.

There’s lots of profound themes and concepts  in her work: nature, manmade, death, life, mortality, birth.Her influences with Kandinsky shows in the ethereal reverie and chroma quality to her work. She was a keen intellect and her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz considers to the key to her development in avant-garde art. It was a fruitful relationship and you can tell from the selection of photographs shot by Stieglitz. Photos modelled by O’Keeffe, you can see each artists’ influences on one another;the macro shots of fruit, hands, and landscapes.

This was a relationship of equal beauty and intellect, yet fraught with conflict at times.The last rooms of the exhibition show O’Keeffe’s profound inspiration for the landscapes of New Mexico. You can sense as her eyesight’s deteriorated, the eerily motif of death and mortality in her abstract work.

Top Tip: I highly recommend getting the Audio guide for this exhibition for the freedom to move around each room. There is plenty of useful information and commentary that is not on the wall captions.

I wished I had the opportunity to take the audioguide to be frankly honest, it would have added impact to my experience. The wall captions are scarce, which I believe is incredibly refreshing to have the freedom to move at your own pace.
This is well-thought, cohesive exhibition and the clever curatorial decision to remove the cliché of O’Keeffe’s work. If you’re expecting lots of floral painting depicting ‘genitalia’ you’ll be disappointed. In conclusion, you should be.

 

Men put me down as the best woman painter…
…I think I’m one of the best painters.Georgia O’Keeffe

Who is this Exhibition for? Especially those who: 
- Enjoy Modernist paintings 
- Wishes to learn about Georgia O'Keeffe 
- Studying American Modernism
- Likes Modern art

 What are your thoughts about Georgia O’Keeffe? Tweet me your comments, I love to hear them

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Ticket Information

Opens 6 July – 30 October 2016

Tate Modern opens daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday

Admissions: (concessions available). Members go free.

Adult £19 (without donation £17.20) Concession £17 (without donation £15.40) Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)


For further ticket information, please visit tate.org.uk

A photo posted by June Sees ~ Illustration (@junesees) on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:20am PDT

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