Pauline Lim (aka @lim_pauline) is an artist living and working in the Boston area. As a Korean Harvard graduate with a degree in studio art and environmentalism, her driven upbringing influences her aim to engage in activities that are fun and refreshing, while also satisfying her need to be productive. This view emanates in her addition of three-dimensional items to the surface of her emulations of Old Master paintings, resulting in the mosaic techniques that frequent her work.
About herself and her art, she says “I am a fear-driven person. I am always freaking out about the fact that we all have to die, so a lot of my paintings have to do with the frustration of being trapped in a mortal existence. The increasing aches and pains of aging underscore this dilemma to me every day, and make me seek out color and beauty, as well as the relief of laughter alongside the recognition of despair.
“In my work I started off exploring the themes of dreams and illness. Then I was drawn to Medieval and Renaissance images of saints. I also like playing with scale– giant cat heads on human bodies, or tiny humans intermingled with items on a tabletop landscape. Basically, I just create paintings that I would want to see—that recognize the truth and folly of our existence, that are visually stimulating, perhaps gorgeous, frequently funny.”
Learn more about Pauline through her website: paulinelim.net
(Painting shown is “Libera Nos, Salva Nos”, 2020 by Pauline Lim.)
The Armory’s August Cafe show is now seeking submissions!
We got some feedback that a submission deadline on ArtBeat weekend was tough for some people, so we’re extending the deadline for submissions for our August Cafe exhibit, Signage, until 4 pm tomorrow (Tuesday July 18).
If you wanted to submit and just ran out of time this weekend, please submit now!
The theme of this show is “Signage” so, essentially, we are looking for depictions of street signs, indoor signs, guideposts, trail markers, etc. Basically, anything that resembles a sign is eligible (the interpretation of what is and is not a sign can be very broad and creative, but anything you submit should be somehow able to be interpreted as a sign). All mediums are welcome, as long as the work can be hung on the Cafe walls. (No large free-standing pieces, sorry!)
You can submit by emailing images of the artwork (preferably in PDF or JPG format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Original format will be requested subsequently for all pieces selected
for the show.) Please mention the artist name, piece name, medium, and size in your email.
The deadline for submissions has been extended: 4 pm on Tuesday July 18!
Maximum 5 submissions per artist. Please combine multiple submissions into one email.
No fee to submit.
Deadline for submissions: July 18, 4:00pm
Selection notifications: July 18-19
Art dropoff for selected pieces: July 26-31 (latest by noon on July 31; we’ll hang the art that afternoon)
Exhibit runs: August 1-31
Reception: August 5, 2-4pm
You are responsible for transporting any selected pieces to/from the Armory.
All pieces must be ready to be hung at the time of drop-off.
You may also provide artist statements, flyers, and/or business cards for distribution at the exhibit if you wish.
You decide whether your work is for sale, and at what price. Note the Armory takes a 20% commission on all artwork sales.
This is an all-ages show; anyone can submit, and subject matter must be suitable for all ages to view.
Join us for an Artist Reception in the Cafe on Sunday, November 6th from 2pm-4pm.
Sarah Eigen Davis’ current body of work is a collection of watercolors and sketches drawn from and inspired by the community and architecture of her surrounding neighborhood, Somerville MA. Using these versatile and fluid media, her work captures the spaces and moments of daily life with a sense of vibrancy, activity, and motion.
Sarah Eigen Davis received her BA in Studio Arts from Drew University in 2005 as well as a Master in Architecture from the Boston Architectural College in 2011. She works in a variety of mediums, from collage to watercolor to pen and ink.
About the class: Come learn essential skills to create your own special effects makeup! In the spirit of Halloween, we will be creating a zombie look involving bruises, scars, and rotting skin effects that can be used in many different Halloween looks.
Bite/ face cut: We will construct a bite on arm or neck from scar wax. You will learn how to apply wax to skin, molding it into the desired shape and tooth indents, and painting and adding blood. A cut or scratch may be added to the face.
Veins and decay: We will paint on top of the elements we added with wax. We will contour to create deep shadows under the eyes, emaciated cheeks and tendons to the neck, and will discolor the face with veins and the look of decaying skin.
In the last portion of the class, depending on how much time remains, you can continue to work with and explore the materials and skills we learned. You are encouraged to bring ideas of Halloween makeup you’d like to do and the instructor can demo or talk through how to go about bringing those ideas to life.
About the instructor: Sylvia Sword studies Theater at the University of Vermont where she started her journey into the world of theatrical makeup. She is an actor, teacher, and clown in the Boston area and she pursues makeup as an independent artist.
Click here to find out more information and to sign up.
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