Artist Obsession: Lisa Hedge

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Photography

Who said commercial product photography can’t be whimsical and beautiful and fabulous? And all while appearing to be completely effortless. Artist and Art Director Lisa Hedge proves that it can be done. She has an immense body of work and proves that sometimes having assignments with strict parameters can produce the best results. From wedding stationary, to event posters, to product shots, clothing campaigns, and everything in between, Lisa Hedge is a creative genius. (And probably a total perfectionist.)

Who knew I could be so attracted to clear-framed reading glasses? These Warby Parker product photos look like so much fun.

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Plus I kind of want to get married just so I can send out these “Save the Dates.” LisaHedge_Card_04_1000Or these…LisaHedge_Green_02_1000

 

There are so many cool things on her website. Seriously. I am barely scratching the surface with these. Tons of variety but still a really coherent aesthetic. I’m impressed.

 

 

Artist Obsession: Molly Cranna

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Photography

Perfectionist product photography that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

I love Molly Cranna’s work. Particularly, her bright pastel still life shots are so clean and fresh I can barely stand it. They manage to be both super minimalist and professional while maintaining all of their weirdness and whimsy. The corn-dogs on blue tile? So strange. So perfect. She also photographs Twinkies, false eyelashes, dentures, condoms, sandwiches, and anything else you can think of that’s beautifully ordinary. Cranna is one of those contemporary artists who seems to constantly be working which is also pretty cool. Her photos frequently accompany magazine articles and the “Recent News” section of her site is updated frequently with neat new projects.

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I am honestly and truly obsessed with every single one of her product photos. They are so well-executed. Understated cool is a tough aesthetic to pull off and Molly Cranna nails it. Check out more of her stuff. The portraits and beauty shots are equally awesome.

Artist Obsession: Sasa Saastamoinen

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Painting

Ink painting is one of those mediums that I have studied endlessly in Art History classes, but that I rarely think about in terms of contemporary art making. Ink has an incredibly rich cultural tradition in Chinese history but it has progressed remarkably little. That is why it is so awesome to see contemporary artists like Sasa Saastamoinen working with ink in a new way, and pushing the boundaries of Chinese painting. Her works clearly reference the classic bird and flower genre but do so with a new eye for texture and brush stroke, exploring how water and pigment mix. These ink paintings explore the limits and possibilities of this classic medium and really expand on what can be done with it. I love this!

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The artist is also incredibly eloquent in speaking about her work. Check out her artist statement and website to see more gorgeous works of ink on paper and to read her thoughts on ink painting.

Artist Obsession: Sophie Tajan

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Photography

So this is some of Sophie Tajan’s gorgeous minimalist photography which I have been completely obsessing over. The images are simple yet enchanting and maybe a teensy bit eerie. So pretty. There is an etherial cool-girl aesthetic to every single one of her photographs and the creative continuity is really impressive. For someone like me who tends to be a little bit all over the place creatively, it is really inspiring to see someone like Sophie Tajan whose work is expansive while remaining cohesive. She has an immense body of work and seems to have struck the perfect balance.

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The still life with the carnations taped to the wall is one of my all time favorite images. So simple and unique, yet somehow mysterious. I am absolutely captivated by that particular composition and really impressed by her body of work.

Check out all of her really cool stuff on Sophie Tajan’s Tumblr page or on her portfolio site. If you’re anything like me, prepare for a major girl crush to develop. She is seriously cool.