Something beautiful for you to look at on this last Wednesday of April

The Underwater Fairytales of Andrea Franke, Snow White
I Woke
By Annette Marie Hyder
I woke in a strange and flowing land
sunk far below the sea.
My wooden floor had turned to sand
and it looked to me
that the curtains and wall hangings
had turned into seaweed…
(NaPoWriMo day 30, poem 30)
Underwater Fairytales, yes please!
This Conceptual Photography, via Fleur de Mal, is part of the ongoing project, The Sinking World of Andrea Franke.
From the press release:
“Plunge into the strange, surreal and mysterious world of award-winning visual artist Andreas Franke and experience his photographic Phantasy Fairytale underwater art exhibition at Huvafen Fushi and NIYAMA in the Maldives.
Each photographic piece has been submerged in the Indian Ocean and can be seen from inside the underwater music club Subsix at NIYAMA and inside the underwater LIME spa at Huvafen Fushi. Should you decide to purchase a piece to take home with you a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Per AQUUM’s Coral Regeneration Program. 
The exhibition magically combines photography, nautical exploration and digital mastery to produce compelling underwater dream worlds where Western fairytale characters are creatively superimposed against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Each photographic art piece evokes a feeling of folklore and magic with Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Star Money exhibiting at both NIYAMA and Huvafen Fushi, while the Snow Queen features exclusively at NIYAMA and The Last Unicorn features exclusively at Huvafen Fushi.”
FairytaleNewsBlog points out that the underwater algae and other microorganisms are encouraged to organically become part of the exhibits and that Andrea Franke is using the sea floor as his gallery. So love this!
You can read an interview with the artist and see videos of the project in the making at FairytaleNewsBlog.
I want to go! Don’t you?

The Queen, the Fool, and Old Two-face

“Scientific Gaps (No one else seemed to notice it, so she stepped right in…)” Digital Mixed Media by Alexander Jansson
I love this piece! It puts me in mind of not only childhood imagination in general but my daughter’s childhood imagination specifically. From the time my daughter was 18 months old till she was five she had a very intense and personal relationship with her dad’s (my ex-husband’s) artwork. Her dad’s ‘scupas’ (sculptures) were her friends. Even the creepy two faced 3-D piece — face contorted in fear on one side and snarled into a rictus of a fake smile on the other side — had a place in her heart.
In this photo she is getting up close and personal with Le Fou to give him a kiss of congratulations for winning a ribbon in an art show. She tried, on a regular basis, to entice the large bas-relief Reine des Coeurs (Queen of Hearts) that was in my bedroom to come down from her card and play with her. The card was larger than life and vibrantly colored. The queen would have been — if she did step out of her card — about the size of a ten year old. “Don’t be shy.” Jazzy would coax. “Come on,” she would coo, “come play with me!”
I guess she never really stopped having a special place in her heart for those sculptures because recently her dad sold the creepy two faced piece through a gallery to a collector in Florida — a piece that had stayed with him through the years — and you would have thought that Jasmine had been personally robbed of one of her most cherished possessions. How could he? “I would have put it right on my desk!” she insisted. The insult and the grief! It was as if that sculpture was a part of her.
And in a way, maybe it was/is? Perhaps those sculptures are primary influences that she feels still. She wouldn’t invite the queen to play with her now but she sure would keep her around, her and her many subjects from the kingdom of childhood imagination.

Facing Feminism: Feminist I Know Exhibition and Poetry Party

Please do join us for this event
The Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know La Barrage Continue Exhibition and Poetry Party is Saturday night! The address is 2285 University Ave. W, St. Paul, MN. We are launching the awesomeness at 6:00 pm. Join us for this explosion of poetry and feminism. There will be art, wine, and poetry. What more could you ask for? ❤
PS The Exhibit is part of the St. Paul Spring Art Crawl 2014 so be sure to check out all the other artists throughout the artist lofts — they’ll be opening up their lofts to you and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat with them in person: painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, fashion designers, photographers, blacksmiths, potters — artisans of all stripes!
The art crawl dates are:
April 25. 26, 27, 2014
Fri. 6-10 pm
Sat. 12-8 pm
Sun. 12-5 pm