there was one artist however, that really held my attention. as in, i could barely leave the booth before i turned around and went back for more - adele blais. these borderline frightening, but elegantly pieced together portraits have a distinct piccaso-like feel. at first i didn't know whether i wanted to look away, or look closer. in the end the detailed collage* drew me in and i realized the sections of bright florals are more than they appear. within each knot of rainbow flora there lays a whole other world of shapes, icons and figures.
these hidden treasures reminded me of bonnie lewis' girls - including miss carefree #3. in lewis' work the key is layers - layer after layer of childhood imagery. when you look close enough, the multitude of characters and stories begin to reveal themselves - and so do the tools of girlhood trade (sparkles, glitter glue, collage clippings, doilies and even hidden "how-to" pages from vintage magazines).
and so i knew i must take this opportunity to post an "art vs. art." though in my book, everyone's a winner (whether it's adele's captivating women, or lewis' depiction of the lives of girls).
*it needs to be said that the complexity and beauty of adele's work does not translate well to digital images. if i had encountered her images online first, rather than in person, i certainly would not have been quite so fascinated (or at all interested truth be told). and so instead i am posting photographs i snapped at love art fair.