Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Old Photos, New Image

Lynn Whipple, Ninny Box

We've been aware of Lynn Whipple's mixed media work using vintage photographs for a while now. Over the years, there have been quite a few who copy, but none replicate the whimsical, smart juxtapositions of vintage ephemera and photos like Ms. Whipple. Bettina Speckner's jewelry also utilizes antique photography to quite a different effect- hauntingly elegant and breathtakingly refined, Speckner's pieces evolve the relevancy of forgotten imagery. By treating the photo as a sculptural element, both artists challenge our awareness of the past by changing its history and form in the present.

Bettina Speckner, Os Argontautus

Bettina Speckner, Brooch 2006

Bettina Speckner, Brooch 2009

Lynn Whipple, Ninny Box

Bettina Speckner, Brooch 2010

Bettina Speckner, A Rose is a Rose

Lynn Whipple, Ninny Box

Bettina Speckner, Brooch 2009

Bettina Speckner, Brooch 2007

Lynn Whipple, Ninny Box

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