Monday, June 29, 2009

Make Believe

Cara Ober describes herself as, "a visual artist with a writer’s addiction to words." Ober's eccentric and quirky paintings contain an array of motifs, text and colors that form a dialogue of questions. She references wallpaper and fabric patterns, stencils, tattoos and illustrations from childhood books.

The more I look at her work the more I love it. Every glance reveals a new layer, a twisted narrative or a refreshing perspective. Plus, I can relate to the last statement piece - that sense of starting over and getting it right this time...it will be perfect this time! As artists and designers we tend to crave perfection, but sometimes it's the mess, the process, and the journey that makes it all worth it.

View more of Cara Ober's work here along with a great mini artist documentary. I also enjoyed her artist statement found at the Matre Gallery...so fitting to her work.

34 comments:

Fifi Flowers said...

FUN art work! I LOVE FUN!!!

Sal said...

Gooorgeous. Reminds me a little of the Griffon and Sabine series ...

Helen said...

How cool! I *know* Cara! She and I became friends through a favorite cafe in Baltimore. It's so exciting to see her work here this morning. She is an incredible talent, isn't she?

livehappy said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! What a find!!

RosyRevolver said...

I love these!! Love, love, love . . .

Amy said...

Nice - I love artwork that incorporates text!!!

Jane Flanagan said...

I love I'm Going to be Perfect Starting Now a lot. As a perpetual "fresh start" person, this really resonates!

lovelyvelo said...

Very eclectic! Would love to have a set of her work as greeting cards to share with friends...

The Lil Bee said...

Gasp! These are beautiful, D. Your summary, though, is so spot on.

Victoria said...

Wonderful work! Thanks so much for sharing yet another great find!

Jessie Cacciola said...

such great work. psst: stop by for a giveaway! :)

naphtali said...

So fun!

wunderbug said...

yes, yes, YES! i love that concept of a 'visual artist with a writers addiction to words'. i'm drawn to pieces with words.

and paint splatters. gotta love the paint splatters!

Chelly said...

Beautiful! Not sure what else I can say.

Jan said...

Those are lovely Pleasie. You always have the best things to share :)

jonas wunderman said...

Thanks for sharing those links ...

nice blog you have here

:)

gretchenmist said...

so great! thanks for sharing :)

littlebyrd said...

I love the way you write such spot on descriptions. It is always just right! I do love the layers on this art - very nice.

Julia said...

These are fabulous! I love the mixture of graphic and type and splashes!

kat said...

Really enjoyed seeing this. Totally drawn to work that includes words.

Nicole Marie said...

wow i love it. so different yet intriguing

L'Atelier said...

amazing! what a talent you discovered!!!

Jolie Morgan Musick said...

I love how she blends the pretty and the ugly together to make something amazing.

simplesong said...

I love her work! Great colors.

Lauren K said...

Just lovely, and yes so many layers and such depth to her work!

blue moss said...

love them!!

Hila said...

Ah, these images combine my two favourite things: illustrations and words. Just lovely.

Rachel Follett said...

I love the complexity and unique feel to each piece. Beautiful!

kendalee said...

Love these! The sort of thing I'd love to create myself if only I had the talent. Happy to enjoy the loveliness of others though - thank you for sharing them :)

nkp said...

So well written, Diana. These are lovely and I especially like the text interspersed throughout.

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Gorgeous!! Love these too!

Jules said...

great post - i really enjoy her work. you bring up some great points to ponder!

B.more.Art said...

thanks for posting these images and the link. i really appreciate all the kind words. as a survivor of graduate school, this kind of praise NEVER happens so it is really amazing and encouraging to read.

thank you,

cara ober

by JOS said...

i heart this! what beautiful work.

joanna
http://www.simpleblueprint.typepad.com/

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