Most people tend to think of the Dutch in relation to still-life paintings, but I prefer to look towards the French. Eighteenth century academy-trained artists like Jean Baptiste-Simeon Chardin had a special way with manipulating colour and tone in still life paintings that made the works seem realistic, but not too much so...

Fideli Sudvquist, the Swedish artist and illustrator with a penchant for papercutting, has a similar touch in her craft. I first saw her works on Miss Moss' site and did a quick double take; whilst the leaves of her artichoke seemed like a well-done paper copy, the loose pegs of the garlic were so realistic I had to squint at my computer screen a few seconds before deciding that, they too, were made of paper. 

Evoking the same 'frozen moment' quality of all the good still-life works out there, Sudvquist's pieces possess a charm of their own because of the fact that elements in the compositions are painstakingly crafted from paper. I like these works, as well as Olivia Jeczmyk's photography and Joanna Lavén's food styling in each shot. 

Food-based compositions like Chardin's The Ray probably didn't last longer than a day or two - maybe three at most. Thus, I wonder how long Sudvquist's versions lasted before then inevitably began to look, well, like old crumpled paper pieces?


NB Images Courtesy Fideli Sudvquist

Of Interest

Rietveld Schroeder Huis, Utrecht NL
Centraal Museum Utrecht
The Gerrit Rietveld Shroeder Huis 1924, Utrecht, Netherlands Centraal Museum Utrecht
Sam Lewitt at the Swiss Institute
Swiss Insitute NYC
Upcoming Shows Sam Lewitt: Less Light Warm Words June 08 - July 24th 2016 Swiss Institute New York
Harry Bertoia's Environment for Sound
Bertoia at MAD Museum
Atmosphere for Enjoyment Harry Bertoia’s Environment for Sound May 3, 2016 to September 25, 2016 MAD Museum
Gerrit Rietveld Furniture Design
Rietveld & Van Baar Collection
Rietveld & Van Baar Collection March 31st to Sept. 25th 2016 Centraal Museum Utrecht