Artist Page - Anika

Photography and mixed media projects are my favorites to work on but I enjoy a lot of other crafts including my latest-glass etching!  I like to work with multiple dimensions and take a graphic approach to most of my art.  Most of my personal art resembles my first submission in which I prefer a more humorous approach to creating.


Inspiration:  And Three Became...

"We Come in Peace"
For this inspiration I used images 1 and 3.  The only way I could think of using the third image was to utilize it as a texture.  I rotated the image, shifted the colors, and it inspired a more unearthly idea.  So, I layered the images and used some Photoshop to change the meaning of the first image.  I then used some lighting and masking to abstract the astronaut in the foreground.  I thought the story could be more interesting if that figure wasn't necessarily human.  So I tried to keep the shape while abstracting things a bit. 

 Inspiration: The word "Celebrate!"
For my daughter's third birthday I made a photo wall out of streamers.  It was a very festive addition to the party's decor and made the room feel like a celebration. 

Theme #34 {Family}
"He Would Love to Help Her Build A Castle"

Theme #33 {Found}

Theme #32 {Going with the flow}
"It's What They Do"

Theme #31 {Light and Shadows}

"Day into Night"
{For more about this entry please click here}

Theme #30: Haunted
"Brooding Brothers"
 What came into mind was in the other’s mind
Bothered, brooding brothers both amazed by the sights that stood before them
Confused, this was the first time that they had each felt fear 

Theme #29:  It's All An Illusion
Collaboration with John.  Anika did the photographs and video.  For more information about this entry please visit Anika's blog.

Theme #28:  Seeing Red
"Seeing Red"
To learn more about this image please click here.

Theme twenty-seven inspiration: Perfect Timing
Collaboration with John. To read more about this submission please visit here.

Inspiration #26:  Brushstrokes
"Pieces of The Drive"
Inspiration #25:  Falling
"Appearing & Disappearing"
For Falling

Permanent Inspiration #1 - Joy
"Where the Sky Meets the Waves"  
The inscription reads:  This is the place where the waves meet the sky, where the ocean meets gravity, where I think of you and you and me together, like the ocean and the sky.

Theme twenty-four inspiration: Drama
"July's Show"
It's funny how one simple word can be so challenging.  {Drama: a state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict of forces.This theme had all sorts of grandiose ideas swirling through my head but when it came down to actually following through and making something I feel like I settled.  Gone were the shots on stages with velvet curtains and hot lights creating beautiful silhouettes... Perhaps one day I will get around to creating the images that this little word prompted but for round 24 here we have a show by Mother Nature, a drama in the sky, ever-changing, always interesting, and dramatically beautiful.

Theme twenty-three inspiration:  Space
"Reflected Space"
You can read more about this entry here on Anika's blog.

Theme twenty-two inspiration: Something the frightens you
 "Watching Me"

Theme twenty-one inspiration:  Front Page of the News
Theme twenty inspiration: Outside Your Front Door
"May, Outside My Door"
Theme nineteen inspiration: Spring
 "Boing! Boing!"
When I thought of the inspiration I wanted to try and create something involving a spring instead of thinking of Spring, the season.  So I made this image from a building and thought it resembled a jack-in-the-box.  I did try adding more - a spring, flowers coming out of the box instead of a clowned figure, etc...  but in the end I liked this simple version best.  So here is my implied Spring submission.

Theme eighteen inspiration:  Turn on your radio!
"Cabins then Cocktails"
Care to know more about this image?  Please click here.

Theme seventeen inspiration: Lies
Little pieces of my fabricated mystery...

Theme sixteen inspiration: At the End of the Rainbow
Experiments with Rainbows 
I know, on the irritating side.  But I wanted to do something using repetition and the colors of the rainbow.  Should you like to know more about how I came up with this and to see the original image please click here.

Theme fifteen inspiration: Fill in the Blank 
 When I think about how Spring is in the near future I just have to smile.
I was going to do a different photo with the same quote but decided to use this one instead.  If you would like to see the other one you can click here.

Theme fourteen inspiration: Inside the Heart
"All for You"
Digital collage
I was working on an image with the theme of "Love"  for another project and I suppose it being February made me have love in my mind.  I like to think I also carry it in my heart.
Theme thirteen inspiration: Page 25 of a magazine
"Abelardo's Blind Spot"
(See Anika's blog to see more about this entry)
I had a similar issue like Joanna - every page 25 I flipped to was an advertisment.  So I looked through on of my "art" magazines called "Blind Spot".  Page 25 just happened to be the work of one of my favorite photographers, Abelardo Morrel! (photo below right) So I staged a scene in my daughters dollhouse living room...  To see more of his photographs you can link here and here.
abelardo morell Houses Across the Street in Our Living Room, 1991

Theme twelve inspiration: Resolution 
Digital Collage
I started the new year with the word "balance" in mind.  I never thought of it as a resolution but felt like I wanted to learn to balance the important areas of my life better.  I think lately I have been an all or nothing kind of person.  I feel like my priorities are in check but everything else is...  well, I need to find some balance in my life.

Theme eleven inspiration: A Video (link here)
"Balloons Make Her Crazy"
A photo flip book and a video version of the flip book
by Anika
After thinking about the video and what to create I thought about the speeding up and slowing down.  But I think that because I had also just spent time with Ego the memory of walking with her came to mind.  Then my brain took me to walking with my daughter.  I noticed that she walked faster with Ego than she did with me.  So, now, my daughter does "city walking" and "country walking".  When she is walking too slow all I say is "Let's city walk" and she picks it up.  (It's great for parking lots and crossing the street!)  So then my brain took me to wanting to do a flip book of my daughter walking" city" and "country" walking.  But it's too cold for that so I decided to do a flip book of something else.  I think it fits the theme because however fast you go through a flip book is dependent on can decide to see the show slow or fast.  Because I am showing the book on the Internet I decided to make the book into a video...  I kept things fast.

Theme ten inspiration: Dreamland (Link here)
"Floating Dream Lands"
For this digital collage I used a photo I took of a bubble floating up into the sky.  I thought it was pretty dreamy to begin with but when I think about my dreamland I think about things that make me happy.  So I decided to put my family in the bubbles.  There is a photo of my husband and daughter at a place we like to visit every year, me with them in the garden, and also a photo of my father (who recently passed away), my mother and daughter, and me in Chile with my Aunt.  These people are always on my mind and in my heart and therefore show up frequently in the happy lands of my dreams.

Theme nine inspiration: Out of My Element (Link here)
"Creating Out of My Element"
For this inspiration I decided to create something in a different medium than I am accustomed to.  The last time I did a glass etching was when I was 11 or 12.  One of the best things my mother ever did for me was give me private art classes after school a few times a week.  The art teacher at my school taught me all different types of art.  It's still some of my fondest memories from my childhood.  So this glass etching was of some abstract people I drew around a glass jar.  I needed another jar to put some utensils in and so voila, an artsy little jar.  I had a lot of fun with this challenge even though I was quite out of my element.

Theme eight inspiration: Your Favorite Song (Link here)
 "My Sweet Little Mutant"
Digital Collage
(Please read more about this post on Anika's blog here)
The song I chose is "Baby" by Os Mutantes.  Although I have many favorite songs I have to say that this is my favorite band.  At first I thought "nooo, I don't have a favorite band.  But, I do...and it's them.  I can listen to them in any mood for any occasion.  They are what I always want to listen to.
 Never heard "Baby"?  Here, take a listen... here are two versions

The original:

and the English version, also quite beautiful...I play it for my baby all the time to bring a smile to both our faces.

Theme seven inspiration: Full Circle (Link here)
"Full Circle" 

This is a panorama of the backside of downtown Knoxville.  You can see the landmark, The Sunsphere, in the background.  The image is a full circle, taken 360 degrees around. 

Theme six inspiration: "Shadow" (Link here)
Photograph and Music 
When I was thinking of inspiration ideas for round six I was walking through my hallway where this photo hangs.  I created a couple of other things but when submitting came back to this image, my inspiration.  This photo was taken while I was pregnant.  It was our first family photo of sorts...  Doug and I made an album of our favorite punk rock songs for the baby, lullaby versions. 

 You can see the other images and read more about this image on my blog.

"Bits of the past,  parts of the present, and pieces of the future"
Photography and digital collage
I decided early that I wanted to find an ad from an older magazine to alter somehow.  This magazine would represent the past.  So I found this old ad for furniture (see the ad to the left) and removed the model and added myself with my daughter.  This photo was of my present moment.  I replaced the items on the front dresser with photos I have in my office.  There are photos of my dad, mom, family, husband-my past.  I put a photo of a house we may make an offer on in the frame above the bed as a symbol of a potential future.

 "Hot Summer Day"

"This Pattern is Perfect for Interpretation"
Photography,drawing,digital art (10 Images) 
I decided to take one image I had taken on a vacation, a simple photo of two boats on the ocean, and re-interpret the moment.
 "Open to Interpretation" 

"Ship Ahoy!"
Caption reads:  "Heyyy, look, a boat!  You think they have a corkscrew?"

 "Something to Remember"


"The Bermuda Triangle"

     "League of 20,000 Under the Sea"

"The Digital Dimension"

 "Crazy Lady Island"
Caption reads: "Hey, isn't that that island with the crazy lady?"
"Peek-a-boo" (and yes that is me.)


Caption reads: "Anything?"
"Not even a nibble."

"Whatever Satisfies the Soul is Truth"
Digital Collage
So I am one of those people who always has several different books and things on her bedside table.  I find myself wanting to read a certain type of book, magazine, or comic on each night depending on what mood I am in or if I am tired or not.  So it sometimes takes me a long time (years I will admit) to finish a book, even one I really like.  

So, for this submission I decided to use a little something from everything that's was on my bedside table.  Let's start with the title of this collage and work our way down.  The title is a quote from Walt Whitman.  Not from one of his works but from a book Secret Lives of Great Authors.  This book is one that I read in little snippets as the chapters are quite short.

I used the mirror to represent I'll Be Your Mirror.  It is a book about the life of Andy Warhol.  This is one I like very much but have been reading for a long time.  I forget it's on the table for awhile and then go back to it, read a few chapters and again it sits for awhile.

The Jabberwocky and Alice are from the Annotated Alice in Wonderland.  If you look closely, Alice is wearing some Groucho Marx glasses and mustache.  I put those on her because of another book on the nightstand Clandestine in Chile.   This is a short book that I have read several times.  It's always on my nightstand as it's one of my favorite books (I think this is my third copy!)

The photo in the mirror is one that I took on a hike at Clingman's Dome.  I think that's my favorite hike I have ever been on.  I used this image in honor of A Walk in the Woods.  It's a really great book, an easy and entertaining read, and it's been unfinished for too long to admit.  And I love it!  I don't know why I have not finished it.  Maybe I keep it because I know it will always entertain me.  Anyways, the book mentions that particular trail and the surrounding areas.  It stood out because I remember the walk so well.

The other girl with Alive in the mirror is Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  After the show ended it continued in comic form.  So I read every issue and lately it's been a great read!  Buffy is asking Alice if she knows what she is really eating.  That quote is in honor of  The Omnivore's Dilemma.  I read that one in snippets.  The same goes for the book represented by the Jabberwocky's quote "If peace is really what you want then you will choose peace".  That's from the book The Power of Now.   This quote made a lot of sense to me and it's something that seems really simple to do.  I just remind myself of that quote when I feel things becoming too dramatic for comfort.  

Alice's quote, "Suck it!" is in honor of the Kathy Griffin autobiography Official Book Club Selection which I am almost done with.  It was interesting and at times quite funny.  It was passed onto me so I am trying to wrap it up so I can pass it along to another friend.  
The cat reaching up to the mirror is from the book Wicked which for some reason I can't really get into but I want to get into.  
Then there's the magazine, the wine, and phone.   I guess that a bedside table really does tell a lot about a person...embarrassingly so sometimes.

"Ice-Scream Man"
Mixed Media 
When I saw the photo I first saw the people in the foreground pointing.  What could they be pointing at?  So I wanted something approaching from behind the buildings like King Kong.  So, as the ice-cream truck sang through the neighborhood, I thought of this...  I used acrylic paints for the ice-cream man and have used a few added dimensions to add some depth to the photos.  I liked the red sky but thought if I could make it more ominous that would be better.  I color corrected the original image using photoshop so that the focus would be more on the action than the city. 


Turtle Bead said...

Oh Ani this looks awesome! :D. Yours and Toby's are my favorites!

Turtle Bead said...

You should sell that by the way!

Tobias Scott said...

woah neat! Hey is this actually three dimensional??

Anika said...

Yes, there are three different levels

Ego Sensation said...

Finally, ice cream speaks out!

Chashway said...

Beautiful!!! Love your work Anikatoro

Vidya said...

Anika, The photo for "shadow" is beautiful and when it was taken. Thank u for sharing this precious treasure of yours.

an9e1a said...

You're just so creative and talented. I love all of your entries! (Though my favorite is under "This Pattern is Perfect for Interpretation," where there hasn't even been a nibble. Eek, are they in for a surprise!) ;)