When the viewer first glances at one of my paintings, the image and viewer lock eyes. The image stares back with a shifting, slivered gaze, appealing to the viewer to seek resolution of its ever-elusive form. Confronted with irreconcilable fragments or impenetrable blind spots, the viewer struggles to answer the image’s plea. Savouring the seductive exchange, the viewer and image become entwined in an active portrait of the experience of looking. ~ A. Clyne.
When looking at Clyne’s paintings, there is an emotional chemistry at work, sadness and indeed a plea, features in each piece and across each series. It goes deeper than the simple melancholy of a beautiful woman though. Clyne’s work invites you to look closer, which is perhaps the plea of all women and perhaps every one of us.What at first seems the epitome of feminine beauty and winsome charm soon becomes not just splintered, but deformed. The aesthetic is warped with shadows, bulges and bleeding colour, transforming picture perfection into a disturbing hypnosis.
Today, Clyne is most influenced by the fashion industry and the images of perfection and beauty it perpetuates. She explains, ‘I’m also really interested in the expressions of sadness that permeate fashion images, in the models’ expressions of melancholy, longing, perhaps even shame. What does it say about our culture that these images are successful marketing strategies? Or is it just not noticed? Or are we so immune to such images that we can no longer connect to the emotions on display?
With her most recent work, including the Silver Series, the artist used images from fashion magazines, but in the past (as with the Old Masters Series) she drew from historical portraits.
We were very lucky that Amanda was so kind to let us her complex and yet appealing art to go with Christine’s essay ‘Removing the Scars.’
Read more about Amanda on her blog Dedicate Studio Space . You can buy Amanda’s art on her website www.amandaclyne.com
I’m getting dizzy from all the giveaways and prizes at MOTIF these days…
If photo competitions and subscribers giveaways weren’t enough, we are offering another chance to win some lovely goodies that our friends at DotComGiftShop have been so kind to supply.
The winner will receive a Three-Tier Regency Cake Stand and 3 runners-up will win a Regency Teacup & Saucer.
All you have to do is ‘LIKE’ us on our MOTIF Magazine Facebook page – it’s that easy.
You’ll be feeling so fantastically feminine as you read our The New Feminine issue and sip tea from your fancy floral tea cup and sup sweeties from a 3-tiered cake stand.
Hello lovely readers, welcome to the MOTIF Blog.
Today we are celebrating Issue 4 – The New Feminine – where you can see who won the Frockshop.com prize for our fashion photo competition, read about BBH‘s creative director, read our reviews and have your fill of MOTIF magic.
Issue 4 has been a difficult one for us. I moved to London, Tegan went away on holidays and we struggled for a moment there. But I think we’ve pulled through to create an issue that we can be proud of.
I was particularly excited our content this issue; the wonderful Christine Waldeyer from Adanna Literary Journal wrote a piece especially for us, I got to sit in the office of advertising guru Rosie Arnold and we had the lovely Tyler Parker send us a colourful piece for Fiona’s always witty words. We featured artist Amanda Clyne, who was kind enough to let us use a piece from her Silver Series and we put together a fashion spread like no other, choosing the finest entries from MOTIF readers who were bold enough to help us out. You’ll see some stunning photos there!
We hope you like our feminine theme this issue and look forward to receiving your comments and encouraging words.
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to MOTIF Magazine’s Fashion Photo Competition.
Without your pluck and sass we would not have been able to create our fashion story for The New Feminine.
Tegan is putting together Issue 4 as we speak and I can’t wait to see the results.
The winners of the Frockshop.com prizes will be announced shortly.
Watch this space.
What a proud little family we are here at MOTIF Magazine…
Our very own fashion guru Evelyn Ebrey was lucky enough to snag a job reporting for New Zealand Fashion Week!
Officially, Evelyn is reporting back to the fantastic folks at NZGirl.co.nz with all the happenings of her local fashion scene.
NZGirl.com is a reader oriented website that gives all the fashion loving gals in NZ the skinny on everything from latest fashion tips to the best You-Tube clips to awesome beauty give-aways. NZ Girl is unique because it makes reader interaction a big feature which results in a website that provides a wonderful reflection of what people are really thinking and doing.
Unofficially, you can catch glimpses of NZFW on Evelyn’s fashion blog ‘Just So Pretty‘ which is, by the way, just so pretty!
Evelyn’s blog is a constant inspiration of the prettiest fashion on the catwalk, in print and in the stores. You can get lost for hours just browsing through the images of pretty girls in pretty frocks.
Well worth a look, we think Evelyn is marvelous and feel very lucky to have her on the MOTIF Team.
If you’d like to follow Evelyn’s fashion journey, you catch her on Twitter, Facebook, NZgirl.co.nz and of course her blog.
For Issue 3 – JOURNEYS, we were graced with a contribution from the multi-talented Laura Lawson.
I came to know Laura through our work with Escape into Life, an arts and literature website we both write for.
Laura shared her personal journey with us as an artist and writer suffering from vision loss. Her article was accompanied by a wonderful artwork also created by Laura.
Born and raised in Orange County, Laura began taking private lessons in oil painting at the age of 10, and oils continue to be her preferred medium today. While studying painting at the Laguna College of Art + Design, Laura was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that is slowly rendering her blind.
Currently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura balances her time between painting, writing, and creating support for the low vision community.
To read more about Laura or get in touch, she’s working on a new blog at ArtByLauraLawson…check it out.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to combating RP with research and hope for a cure. To learn more, visit http://www.blindness.org
As much as I would love the ultimate power of doing the entire magazine myself, unfortunately I must share the duties with not only my cousin Tegan, but also the many wonderful contributors who help us out with each issue.
You may not know this but we outsource help from artists, writers, photographers, bloggers, crafters and designers for things like our cover art, photo shoots, craft section, articles, reviews and images.
We like to spread the love and get in a new artist or writer for each issue, to help give that theme it’s own personality and differentiate it from the last one.
We are always looking for people who can help out, because last time I checked, working on MOTIF Magazine should be a full time job!
Alas, it is something Tegan and I and our army of creatives put together in our ‘spare time’ each quarter and all for the love of creative expression and just getting it out there.
So if you’ve got a talent you think we can use, please don’t be shy and get in touch.
We need help with marketing, social media, articles, images, website….and whatever else you can think of!