Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A Swarm of Red Butterflies

I love when simple means are used to create a new and impressive worlds. I feel like the impossible is attainable, that dreams are closer to reality than what we usually believe...  In this state of mind, let me present you In All the World I Dream in Paper an awesome video by Petra Storrs, featuring Paloma Faith.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010


It is a fact that Virgin Mary has been a great source of inspiration throughout art history. Her pureness, her innocence and her kindness have been celebrated in so many masterpieces it is no surprise that modern artists feel compelled to play with the classic images and icons to make them their own, to provoke or to inspire. In Immaculee, published in Numero in 2007, photographer Miles Aldridge presents his own Virgins, looking like crying wax sculptures...

Monday, 29 March 2010


Some months ago, I told you about Coeur de pirate, a stylish young singer I like very much (you can find this post here). To begin this new week on the right foot, here is another one of her song, Ensemble. The video combines just the right amount of sweetness, counterbalanced with vivifying strength and character.

Friday, 26 March 2010


Well, what I had foreseen as the worst week of my trimester as been heavy but successful: all I had to do is done and, I think, well done. I am now preparing for a very relaxing week-end starting... right now. 

I leave you with one of my favourite paintings, a well-known classic that induced a fascination lasting ever since I saw it in Florence some years ago. Created by Sandro Botticelli, Primavera can be found at the Galleria degli Uffizi .

I love the contrast between the nature's darkness and the pale skins, the bending trees punctuated by vibrant fruits and the sky surrounding Venus, who looks like a peaceful Virgin...

Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, Tempera and oil on wood panel, 
203 x 314 cm, 1477-1478.

Have a great week-end!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

I Dreamt of a Bird...

Yesterday night, I dreamt I had received a miniature blue bird, so small it was nesting in a vintage matchbox. I was taking much care of her, but after some commotion I don't remember clearly, someone accidentally hurt my precious bird. My father, my sister and I tried to heal her, putting her all wrapped up in bandages in its tiny matchbox, sitting up with her while she was getting better.  But after some time, when we had started to think she would recover, my sister announced me that it had died in its sleep, and I spend a great portion of my dream crying and mourning my little bird. When I finally woke up, I was still saddened by her loss and I thought about it all day...

In the mist of my reflections about my  dream, I remembered some birds I saw last summer while I was traveling with my family.  With their hand-painted details, their vintage ornaments and their uniqueness, these sculptures do have much charm... 

Gladiator Bird, Lady Raven

Gladiator Bird, Quail

Gladiator Bird, Raven

Gladiator Bird, Towhee on Ball

I found pictures of the sculptures on Anthropologies.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Narrative Photography

I must admit I have not found much about Lucia Arana, except that she is a young photographer from Lima, Peru. Her website contains many photographies, but none of the ones that are presented here... she remains, for me, a mystery.

But that does not keep me from liking those photographies, on the contrary.  The compositions are complex, but always crisp. The unnatural positions of the characters give the impression that their movements have been suspended even before the time-stopping action of the camera, reinforcing the references to classic art pieces and to fairy tales. Mystery, gravity and a drop of magic cohabit, giving the impression that the characters are challenging us to discover their secret.

The images have been found at Redvi.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010


Today, Sublime Frivolité is celebrating its 100th post! 

This is a perfect occasion to thank all the faithful readers, the occasional visitors and the passer-bys who are coming to share a little bit of my frivolity: it is always a pleasure to hear about you, to see you follow the blog and to notice your passage.  I feel greatly honoured by the attention you give Sublime Frivolité!

To celebrate this very special post, here are some unique - and seemingly delicious - creations by Sylvia Weinstock, a famous "couture cake designer" from New York. Providing each customer with a custom-made creation, the reigning Queen of cakes offers sculptural pastries often adorned with astonishingly realistic sugar flowers.

The images are from different sources: select the image to access the site where it was found.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Vanities and Butterflies

Taking part in the renewal of figurative art, Philippe Pasqua is a versatile French artist using paintings, sculptures, objects, drawings and 3D pieces to translate his vision of the world.

Provocative, shattering and intense, his paintings tackle subjects such as sexchanges and trisomia. I must admit I have been quite shaken some of these paintings, feeling that a brutal reality was somehow aggressively imposed upon me. Of course, these feelings are by no means diminishing the value of his artpieces: they are a strong caracteristic of his artworks and a part of the artistic experience he proposes.

On a lighter note, Philippe Pasqua also presents scuptures inspired by vanities. Traditionnaly, a vanity is a recalling of the evanescence of life incorporated in paintings in the form of a crane. Covered by butterflies, Pasqua's cranes may seem to leave some of their darkness behind, but in spite of their grace and beauty, the fickling butterflies are also reminding us of our own fragility.

I invite you to visit the it is quite an experience,  I have rarely seen such a professional artiste's site. With its animations, its music and its interactivity is almost a piece of art in itself. During your visit, don't be scared to move your cursor around, many moving icones will be appearing.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Invaded by books

Week-end is coming, and I hope yours will be lighter than mine: I am so overwhelmed by work and studies, I fear it will never end...

Alicia Martin, Biografias, Casa de América, Palacio de Linares, Madrid, 2003.

 Alicia Martin, Biografias, Cordoba, Spain.
These amazing installations by Alicia Martin are an excellent representation of my state of mind... But I know things will be better soon: two weeks and things will get into place. And I will appreciate my free time much more than if I did not have some very hectic weeks before.

Meanwhile, have a great week-end and see you monday!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Anna Sui's World

Anna Sui is fashion designer very well known for her wild imagination and it is very interesting to see how her blazing style transposes into her living space. Striking contrasts, intrusive patterns and ornaments, femininity intertwined with a perfume of darkness and the perfect balance between vintage and new: it seems her apartment could not belong to anyone else.    

Thanks to Lace and tea for this discovery!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Ephemeral Youth

Vincent Bakkum is a painter and illustrator from Holland currently living in Finland. Using the ephemeral beauty of women as a symbol of death and decay, he says he enhances this idea by the cohabitation of beautiful young women with stuffed birds and fruits. However, these modern vanities are enlighten by bright colours and an obvious Asiatic inspiration. 


 Vincent Bakkum, Dead bird and white flowers, 69 x 90, 2009

 Vincent Bakkum, Tone-deaf North Mongolian Moth-snatchers, 80 x 80, 2008

 Vincent Bakkum, Altinaï, 150 x 150, 2008

Some informations about the artworks are still missing: if you can provide the information, please contact me and it will be a pleasure to add it.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Birds, boats and castles

Ann Wood, a New York based artist, imagines fascinating little pieces mostly made of second-hand material, transfering the spirit of the old objects into her creations. Master of details, most certainly blessed with a lot of patience, she offers luxurious sculptures made of pieces cardboard, fabric and paper.

Monday, 15 March 2010

My Sweet Sweet Surprise

We have been waiting for this news for more than a year, and finally, when we had started to think it was impossible, after being told it would most probably not happen, we received the greatest of all Christmas gifts: we have a little baby on the way! 

Our Zygote (the name my husband gave the baby to be when he first learnt the news) is now 14 weeks into its development. He -or she- seems to be going just fine, and we could not be happier...

Friday, 12 March 2010

My Precious Little Secret

You may have noticed that for some days now that keeping a secret is one of my current obsessions...

A secret is like a seed you hide in the comfort and warmth of your soul. And it grows, sometimes slowly, taking much time to germinate, sometime at a rapid pace, spreading its stems all over your mind. A secret can be blossoming into a secret garden, a source of happiness and calm, as its thorns can damage everything around, suffocating the secret bearer... If some secrets simply die with time, sterile and forgotten, but for many of them comes a time for harvest, whether it is by escaping our vigilance, by a unplanned confession or by being carefully revealed.
For some time now I have been harbouring a secret, and it is almost time to harvest it. Almost, not quite. See you monday...

Photo credits: I have had this photography in my collection for a very long time and I don't remember where it is from. If it is yours, just contact me and I will be glad to add a link to the source of this image.

Unexpected Perfection

Sometimes, perfection can happen when you least expected it, in a manner you would never have dreamt of. It can appear on a gloomy day, when rain seems imminent, and that some unexpected visitors show up... One of these strange but perfect moments have been immortalised by British photographer Christopher W. Humphries at Belton House, a 17th century country house in Lincolnshire, Britain.

Thanks to .la douleur exquise. for this discovery!