Samantha Bryan is a mixed-media artist based in West Yorkshire. She works from a studio in the West Yorkshire Print Workshop situated in Mirfield.
Samantha finds herself preoccupied with everyday life, but not her own- that of the fairy. Consequently her sculptures place what can only be described as ‘fairies’ with machine-like contraptions. They depict fairies going about their everyday lives. Within her work her extraordinary objective is to realise the necessities and requirements that would be involved in ‘fairy life’: to provide everything a fairy would demand during its daily existence.
Several years ago, we visited artist David Sena's studio to peep behind the curtain and find out about his unique process. Sena (who has given a few CH staff members tattoos in the past) creates large-scale artworks using an unusual method: the Cooper Union graduate "paints" almost exclusively using fireworks. The results are fantastic. The artist translates rough burn marks and leftover trails from smoke bombs into mesmerizing pieces that viewers would never believe were born from roadside explosives. We donned respirators and went back to visit Sena—and finally capture his work on film.
The ’Emulsifier’ is a hand painted anamorphic glass sculpture made out of 160 glass strips. When the piece is rotated four hidden images appear every 90° angle. The glass strips are stuck into a wooden base with laser cut slits. The images were painted with the same colors used for traditional stained glass windows. All fragments of the images were painted separately on the strips. The piece is about 35x35x35cm in size.
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