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Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Alicja Podgórska Birkner is an artist and designer based in Munich. Find her here.

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“In 1987, I traveled to italy as part of an italian course. Here are two of my most memorable moments that have changed the way I look at art. In Venice I visited a Matisse show. Every painting opened a new world of shapes, colours, compositions. Now this really was painting!
His paper cut outs resulted from an illness, from which time on he was bound to bed and later a wheelchair, unable to paint. For me, this picture, showing Matisse in his 70s, symbolizes a vital, almost compulsive urge to create, that I, too am familiar with.”

Henri Matisse at the Hôtel Régina, Nice, 1952. Found here.

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“1987, same trip. In Rome I had my first encounter with Bernini’s sculptures. Back in Poland, I had seen his work, but only in a slide show in an art history class. Arrogantly, I thought to myself “well, another baroque sculptor..“. But this time, I saw his work in the flesh, and what a revelation this has been! The angel, playfully interacting with Habakkuk’s hair, carved in heavy marble, incredibly skillfull yet somehow humorous and light. This moment convinced me that sculptures must be seen, touched and experienced. Pictures almost never do them justice.”

Habakkuk and the Angel, Bernini, 1656-61 Chigi Chapel, Rome. Found here.

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“There are two very similar sculptures by Brancusi and Jean Arp, a shape that I too had made in 1984, completely ignorant of these two artists, while studying art in a socialist Poland.
Since then, I am wondering about inspiration and kinship. Why is it that someone decides on a shape, a certain gesture? Why are there sometimes such profound similiarities? It is as if something immaterial is trying to become material, but through the mind and hands of an artist. This picture shows the studio of Brancusi in Paris, that represents a place of perfect harmony for me.”

Atelier Brancusi, Paris. Found here.

Modern moon

by guest contributor Karin Haas

Personal photo .
From the book "Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms" photo by Tina Freeman. Found here. Explore: interior
Personal photo. Explore: interior
Vignelli 1984. Explore: interior
Personal photo. Explore: interior
Painting by René Magritte 1925. Found here. Explore: art
Loft Photography by Anita Calero. Found here. Explore: interior
Chloé campaign SS06 . Found here. Explore: campaigns, fashion, flower, white
Untitled - colored pencil drawing - 2017 - Karin Haas . Explore: art
Untitled - colored pencil drawing - 2017 - Karin Haas. Explore: art

Karin Haas is an artist based in New York. Find her here.

#TB Angry sixteen

A throwback to my days as a 16 year old girl. Sometimes feels like yesterday..

The Getty

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A breathtaking sight dedicated to architecture, art and landscape.

 

 

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Stroll through the Sculpture Garden.

 

Dreams with Indra

What’s on your mind right now:
– Work. work. work.

Who’s visual expression makes you feel overwhelmed?
– Right now I’m inspired by the the great locations of Wim Wenders. I’m certainly not the first but that doesn’t make them less brilliant.

Where do you turn to online for inspiration?
– Instagram or Flickr. No hidden gem unfortunately.

What do you dream about?
– Sun and palm trees. And pasta and red wine in Italy. La Dolce Vita.

What piece of writing opened your eyes?
– Paolo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. Just kidding – those who knows – knows.

What’s your relationship with time like?
– It’s there and I cope with it. It passes by while life happens.

Who would you love to work with.
– I’m not into soccer at all, but for some reason a dream of mine would be to work with Paul Pogba. And do a short for Vogue. Why not combine?

What’s your preferred space?
– My home.

Do you feel a sense of belonging in your field as a creative? How?
– Yes. But it hasn’t always been like that. Starting out in the field of theatre I soon realised that I felt trapped within “the black box”. I wanted to explore and capture the real world, the real life, not limit it to a stage. So I turned to film and instantly knew that this is where I belong.

What makes you excited about work?
– There’s so many exciting parts in the process of filmmaking; stories to tell, visions to bring to life and places to see. But most important for me is the people. Being surrounded by great people who I trust, respect and feel inspired by is key. Without them nothing of the above would be worth it.

Name a defining moment in your life.
– When I realised that I couldn’t stay awake when going to a play. If something bores you that much, it’s not for you.

What’s the biggest risk of your life?

– This might sound corny, but I’ll risk that. I rarely see things as risks, I’ve always seen them as opportunities.

Credits

Indra Herö Wide is a director, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm 20 November 2017.

Sister act

The brown sisters photographed by Nicholas Nixon. Found here. Explore: people
Stella McCartney Spring 2016 Campaign . Found here. Explore: campaigns
Photograph by Kersti K. Found here. Explore: green
Photography by Harley Weir for Grace Wales Bonner . Found here.
Photograph by Daniel Shea. Found here.
Photograph by Jamie Hawkesworth for British Vogue. Found here.
Photograph by Daniel Shea. Found here. Explore: portrait
Photograph by Marton Perlaki. Found here. Explore: blue, bodies
"Sleep" by Nick Knight 2001 . Found here.
AnOther Magazine by Charlie Engman . Found here.
Unknown. Found here. Explore: hands, water
A/W 1998 photographed by Mark Borthwick. Found here. Explore: 90s
Harley Weir for Print Magazine. Found here. Explore: hands