An artist’s medium is as varied as imagination allows and you’ll find hundreds, maybe even thousands of them here on Colossal. But occasionally a medium itself is altered to create an artwork, as is the case with Seattle artist Diem Chau (previously here and here) who works within the narrow confines of graphite pencil leads and colored crayons to carve her delicate sculptures of animals and people. A native of Vietnam, Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986 and would later receive a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts after which she began exhibiting her works in New York, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Luckily we’ll finally get a glimpse of Chau’s miniature carvings here in Chicago at Packer Schopf Gallery opening this Friday. Almost everything you see here will be on view and the artist will be giving a talk at 1pm the following day on April 6th, 2013. See more of her new A-Z series on Flickr and on her blog.
Artist Herb Williams is one of the only people in the world to have an account with Crayola. I imagine him whipping out his cell phone, speed dialing Crayola Headquarters and saying “I need 40,000 Screamin’ Greens and 20,000 Tickle Me Pinks. Tonight.” I’m not sure if that’s exactly how it works, but lets go with it.
This latest work by Williams, Unwanted Visitor: Portrait of Wildfire, just opened at the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The five swirling flames made of thousands of crayons are meant to resemble the recent wildfires that ravaged the state several weeks ago. Over time, the sculptures themselves will be ravaged by the hot Texas heat, and will gradually begin to melt, turning the already brilliant color gradation into a dripping, gooey mess. Awesome right? The project began as a small proof-of-concept on Kickstarter only a month ago and is now open to the public at NRHC. Special thanks to Emily Arellano, Herb Williams, and photographer Ashton Thornhill who captured the images above. (via kelly podzemny)