June 24, 2024


Life is art

painting of three brown birds hanging around a patch of greenery with large reddish stones, one of which has a bird perched on it.

CREATORS – atelier*zephyr | Polyfield Magazine

Name: atelier*zephyr (Hisako)

Which came very first in your lifestyle, the science or the art?

I have liked to draw given that I was a child. At the similar time, I also grew up examining encyclopedias and illustrated textbooks, which I by now had at residence. I have generally savored observing ant nests, likely out with an insect net to capture cicadas, and hunting at phytoplankton under a microscope, and this hasn’t modified even as an adult. So I think artwork and science had been simultaneous, at least in my childhood.

At first, I wished to be a human being who drew shots for illustrated guides. Having said that, as I entered adolescence, I turned intrigued in abstract painting and other types of artwork, so I enrolled in a nearby junior higher education of artwork, and soon after graduation, I continued my imaginative things to do these kinds of as abstract portray whilst performing at a further task.

On the other hand, the strategy of generating functions using my favorite vegetation and animals as motifs has often been in the corner of my head. Just after numerous twists and turns, I am now producing will work of art by observing, sketching, and photographing acquainted birds and plants observed in the town where by I live.

From the azalea bush by atelier*zephyr

Which sciences relate to your art follow?

I think biology influences my creative pursuits in basic. Considering that my university student times when I was producing summary paintings, I have usually been influenced by living factors and the purely natural planet.

What materials do you use to build your artworks?

I use the two hand-painted and electronic procedures.

Acrylic paints, watercolours, coloured pencils… I assume that digital illustration in particular even now has a large amount to understand for me.

Wintertime Letters by atelier*zephyr

In my operates utilizing glass bottles, I use various products this kind of as polymer clay and paper. Paper is a significantly vital material, and I put together a range of paper kinds and decide on paper that carefully resembles the texture of the motif I want to produce. Flower petals, fallen leaves, grass, decaying wood… Based on the decision of paper, I can express a wide range of plants in certain. It is entertaining to find out new ways to convey myself in the system of creating.

On the other hand, for the reason that of their miniature measurement, every single component is only a few millimeters to a several centimeters in size. If I am not careful, they may fly away with my nose breath or slight movement. Therefore, when I recognize myself, I occasionally hold my breath and function all the time!

Amanita ibotengutake by atelier*zephyr

Artwork/Exhibition you are most very pleased of:

I have exhibited and marketed my works not only in galleries but also in office outlets and multi-brand retailers.
Thus, often people today who are not incredibly interested in living factors come to see my is effective. A single of my joys is that these men and women locate my operate fascinating and pay attention to my tales about mother nature and living things.

Portrait of birds #001 Extended-tailed tit by atelier*zephyr

Which experts and/or artists encourage and/or have influenced you?

There are so several that it’s difficult to pick out, but Masayuki Yabuuchi‘s scientific illustrations are just one of my influences, as they generally appeared in the illustrations of the illustrated publications I read as a kid. I have a whole lot of respect for him since of his remarkable observation and description skills.

Myxomycetes by atelier*zephyr

Is there just about anything else you want to explain to us?

Given that I grew to become ill about five several years back, I have not been equipped to make functions applying glass bottles as significantly as I would like. Even so, I am quite grateful to all of you who are wanting forward to my new will work.

I would also like to even further analyze the field of biology and make use of it in my functions.

For a lot more by atelier*zephyr, stop by her internet site, Behance, and Pinterest.

Showcased graphic: In the bush by atelier*zephyr
All photos courtesy of the artist.

About the Creator

Katrina Vera Wong

Katrina is a Korean-Chinese artist, writer, and editor. Understanding from literature, botany, herbaria and ikebana, she can make hybrid bouquets from dried or pressed vegetation and phone calls them Frankenflora. She at this time writes about sciart at Artwork The Science, proofreads Unfortunate Magazine, and weblogs at Lifeology. She also designed Seagery Zine, a tiny print publication that explores the overlap involving artwork, science and literature.
Her Frankenflora have been exhibited in Vancouver, BC, at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Science Earth, and the VIVO Media Arts Centre.

Katrina was born on the classic territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabeg (so-referred to as Hamilton, ON), raised in Singapore, and is grateful to be living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (so-identified as Vancouver, BC). She graduated from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Biology and English. Instagram: @furiebeckite