Seattle’s offbeat gum wall attraction has been steadily extending its territory with colourful wads of public donations over the years, to the point of spreading as far as 40 feet beyond its designated canvas near the Market Theater box office. So, in July this year, it got put in its place with a bit of […]
It’s that moment when you reach under the table and immediately regret it when your fingers touch the crusty, dried out secondhand gum stuck to the underside of the tabletop. Old gum is repulsive, right? Think again. Artist Anna Sophia Matveeva has completely re-invented the “medium” of secondhand gum. She used the sticky substance to […]
Artist Julia Randall’s series entitled Blown is a dark and melancholy juxtaposition to our ordinary associations with bubble gum. Randall’s drawings are stark in an almost grotesque way, and they almost relate back to the fragility of the human body. Her work displays the fleeting nature of beauty and sweetness in the deflation of the physical form.
Maybe it’s because I’m regularly checking in on her profoundly candid blog, or because her work speaks to me in some uncanny way, but I’ve always felt a powerfully calming and comforting relation to the work of illustrator, Penelope Dullaghan. With a complete lack of pretense, Dullaghan creates softly textured images that amazingly, even when commissioned, still manage to feel as if they’re just as much a piece of the artist’s state of mind. She makes you feel as if she’d rather draw nothing more than bubblegum and desk lamps, and darn it if she doesn’t make you feel the same way.