A few people have been asking whether they can buy some of my art. While I do sell prints and happen to have a few in stock, I cannot at this time sell any of my book arts. The entirety of the Somata collection was bought by a private collector of book arts at the L’Atelier exhibition, so I no longer have access to those works. My wolfy book is also going to be used as part of my Masters next year and thus is not currently for sale.
HOWEVER I do have copies of single artworks available.
If anyone is interested, please email me at artbykatsaw [at] outlook [dot] com. I do not have PayPal as it requires some special arrangement in South Africa that is costly/inconvenient, so please contact me and we can liaise with regards to account details.
Hello Kathleen,is ist possible to buy the book that's connected with red riding Hood? Best, Sarah Ellersdorfer
Currently my wolfy book is not for sale as I plan to do a series of three books along the same theme and have not had the chance to do the other two yet. I am also hoping to use these as part of my Masters, which I start next year.
I am, however, selling single prints [which I should probably make an official post about, actually] of some of my other drawings.
Hello. I am Lara McDonald. I am teaching a high school Anatomy and Physiology. I was wanting my students to create a book autopsy similar to yours for their final project. I was wondering if you could provide me with some more pictures of your book or let me know how much you material you placed on each overlay. Any help would be fabulous! Thanks. Lara McDonald
Hi Lara. I am so very glad that you enjoyed my work! I do have some pictures other than those found online. If you were to email me at artbykatsaw [at] outlook [dot] com I would definitely be willing to help you out.
In the meantime you can ogle this amazing eye-candy by other artists:
So I presented my big year-project the other day. Even though the entire thing was about how I was unfit to become a teacher and dealt with me negative feelings surrounding the course, everyone seemed to like it. It was the only art-centred presentation in our group, except for this one girl who compared her development to that of a caterpillar/butterfly and had a little picture to illustrate. So presumably it was refreshing for the supervisor/rest of the group to see something different and also get ‘the other side’ of the teaching experience after so many people’s positive presentations.
The supervisor came to me afterwards and said that he really liked the way that my project was realised and said that the feelings/concepts were well-expressed by the drawings.
Now once I finish my little five-page comic for my online course I can start studying and put this year behind me.
I absolutely love your Book Autopsy. I am teaching A&P this year for the first time at Etowah High School and would love to have my students at the end of the year create a book autopsy like yours. I would have them start off with pages about each organ system and then have the book autopsy at the end. I was wondering if you could provide me with more information of how to create the book or which organ systems you used for each page or maybe even more pictures. Thanks. Lara McDonald
Although it is a lovely project, and was fun for me to work on, I don’t really feel comfortable with revealing exactly how it was done. Someone has already asked me if I would explain my process, and as I honestly want to hep other artists I complied. But afterwards I thought better of it .. The concept is not unique (although I had not seen anything similar until after completing the piece; which shows how much research I did on the subject…); however one tends to be a little precious with one’s own work.
However, I can suggest the following:
Zygote Body was a valuable reference to me as it allows one to see the various ‘layers’ of organs within the body.
Get your students to ‘map out’ exactly how they would like their organs to be laid out. focusing on how they will relate to each other in the varying levels in the book. This may take a lot of time and sketching.
“Kathleen Sawyer majored in Printmaking at Rhodes University, but her main focus is on drawing. Her book arts have been exhibited in the 2013 Absa Atelier and not many places else. She likes hideous skin diseases and horrible death.”—
This is literally all I wrote as my bio for the art auction I submitted to.
Dear Kathleen, we came across your anatomy artwork on Street anatomy and thought your work was amazing! We are wondering if you would like to get involved with our charity anatomy art event - Anatomy For Life in support of organ donation & transplant research in the UK (8th-14th July)? International submissions are welcome and we would love to have your contribution. Please take a look at our page for more info. Many thanks! - Conrad (Anatomy For Life organiser)
I would love to contribute; thank you. Will get to it as soon as I can.
So I’ve had a couple of requests about the making and selling of prints. I have made prints in the past, but these have been more of a ‘once off” where I have been commissioned by someone and then only made one copy of the image for that person (keeping the original for my portfolio).
Because I live in a small town and am required to travel about 150km in order to get to the nearest decent studio, I have not really built up a stock of art in order to sell. However, because of recent interests I am considering doing a small run of editions to test the proverbial waters. Which artworks would you like to see in printed form? Which prints would you buy? Do reply with a title/link so I know exactly what you’re talking about.
Your work is extraordinary. I saw your entry at the Anne Bryant Gallery in East London. I hope you win the competition. For me its something special.
Thank you for the kind words; my own hopes are limited to wanting to through the next round of judging. But I would very much like to place within the competition. Many thanks for taking the time to view my work.
So I’m not an art student any more. I’m studying teaching for this year. But I do my best. We have to present a short lesson to the class and I’m doing mine on the female nude, because it is the bomb-diggity; and as the report I’m going to draw some annotated nudes to illustrate the points made. I’m also planning to submit something to a local exhibition. So I’m trying~
[although being locked out of the printmaking department feels like a sharp stab to the viscera]
Simon Subrosa is a Port Elizabeth-based photographer/digital artist whose work, while not directly influencing my own, deals with themes and motifs that I also find attractive or intriguing. Much of his art contains elements of religious imagery, sexual acts, post-apocalyptic environments and an almost painterly eye for digital manipulation.
His photographs are meticulously accented with an endless layering of textures, creating a mottled, aged effect most often associated with ancient oil paintings – or physical decay. Personally this effect is very thought-provoking for me as it lends to an image which would not look out of place in a two-hundred-year-old book; yet the subject matter would, of course, be decidedly out of place.
Most often Simon uses himself as a model in his art, which has led to him being accused of narcissism. Being lucky enough to know the guy in person I can assure you that this is untrue. There are many creative people out there that realise the most convenient model is oneself – for example, I would not have asked anyone to strip nude and lie on a cold tile floor in winter while contorting in various positions as if undergoing painful mutation just to take some reference photos (which is what I did — thank you, camera timer). In Simon’s case his inspiration often strikes on a whim, causing him to take a few pictures on the spur of the moment and begin manipulating them at some forsaken hour of the morning.
Despite this, female models and bodies appear frequently in his work; horned or tentacled or stained or crowned in thorns. I enjoy his use of halos and animal parts; both favourite tropes of mine to abuse, as well as his creative use of the female body.
All in all, Simon unfailingly creates work that I find extremely pleasing to my occipital lobe and continues to be a many-faceted source of inspiration. Find him at his blog, on Facebook or Shadowness.
I <3 YOUR ART. But seriously your work is incredible. I love the books and I love how despite how anatomically based they were, they still carried a thread of fantasy. ALSO, I love the minimalist nature of your work. xxxxxxx -Sienna
Thanks so much! Unfortunately I’ve been drawing rubbish lately but I’ll most likely do some more little books at some point. Glad you liked the fantasy element; attempting photorealism is fun but once it’s done it just looks very real. I feel that unless there’s something different or non-lifelike about the image it’s just the same as a photograph.