Wednesday, March 21, 2012

31/31: Vivian Paans [Bonder]


31 artists...31 days. Spend every day of March with me at The Altered Page to meet the 31 spotlight artists in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. See their beautiful faces, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Pulse of Mixed Media.
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I create from a space of silence and solitude...


A space where at times emotional turbulence and noise are ruling...


Where intense happiness and suffering meet face to face...


A space where I am balanced within myself, between extremes and feeling grateful to be alive.


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I have been trying to remember when I first 'met' Viv and found her blog. I can barely remember a time as a blogger when I didn't know her. I did find an email from back in July 2008, when I wrote to Viv to say how happy I was that we were both in the same issue of Artful Blogging. Since then we have 'shared' so much more, including our Self Contained collaboration with Stephanie McAtee. I absolutely love Viv's approach to art making and her style -- filled with color, symbols, grunge, drips and splatters. I happen to love her accent too!

Viv is so far away from me geographically (more than 10,000 miles from NYC to WA Australia) but I feel very connected to her as if she were next door. Despite living on the opposite ends of the earth, we have had many experiences in common, not the least of which is therapy - with me being a psychologist and Viv currently studying transpersonal art therapy. Somehow Viv and I know that we are destined to meet in person, despite the distance. It is just a matter of time.

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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in March on a 31/31 post on my blog and/or on the blog of the spotlighted artist, you will have that many chances to win one of three prizes in my giveaway. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). First prize is a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media signed by many (and I mean many) of the 133 artists that have contributed to the book. Second and third prizes are one copy each of the book signed by yours truly.

42 comments:

wanda miller said...

SCRUMPTIOUS AND MORE HER WORK. again, thank you seth!

Darlene K Campbell said...

Seth,
One of the first times I saw your work was in The Plaster Studio book...your piece titled, "Reflection." Great.
Jumping over to vist Vivian's blog. Looks like I'll be intriqued,
Darlene

Cheryl said...

I can hardly wait to start reading your new book. Vivian's art looks intense.

lynne h said...

ah seth, viv is a gem and so is everything that she puts her hand (and very generous heart) to...

Parabolic Muse said...

Really beautiful work.
Would love to feel the textures.
Thank you for introducing me to her. I enjoyed reading about Vivian in your book, as well, and reading her responses.

Donna Heart said...

Hi Seth! ANother west aussie - just up the road from Ms Viv :) I too have always been drawn to her earhty organic free deeply human art. It always go well with my soul to look at her creations. Your book looks awesome - congratulations to you and the others. I will endeavour to answer your three questions too ! Have a great day, cheers, Donna

Rebeca Trevino said...

i'm ahead of you now! read all about vivian's work in 'the book'.
thanks!

susan in seattle said...

Now you've got me hooked on discovery of these wonderful artists. Vivian uses wonderful rich colors in her very organic inspired work. Very nice!

Annette said...

A fellow aussie, woohoo... love her pages..
hugs

sukipoet said...

"I create from a sense of silence and solitude." wonderful words and a beautiful book she has created.

jinxxxygirl said...

Vivian doesn't post on her blog very often does she? :) But i poked around a little bit and found some art. I like the idea of her 'tree'. Wish i could have found a picture that showed the whole tree. Interesting idea. Thanks so much for the introduction Seth.

Judy said...

Woohoo the Aussies!
Viv is an amazing human being and artist.
Great choice Seth.

Jill Zaheer said...

You know what I love most about the 31/31 posts? That it brings "life" to the names and photos of the artist's work that we may have seen in the past from your blog. It's great to see so much more of an encompassing package of who these wonderful artists are. Just love Vivian's use of color and the textures of her work shown! Lucky you to have collaborated with Vivian!

vivianbonder said...

it's been an absolute honour to participate in The Pulse Seth! You have done an amazing job bringing so many inspiring people together :) Thank you..

Bill said...

The textures Vivian achieves in her work are so amazing and beautiful!

Lynn said...

I've loved Vivian's art work for a long time too. I love her use of color and embellishment, fabrics and ribbons and beads. I've been a customer of her ETSY shop.
I visitor to her blog. And now enjoying her part in your book loving her self portrait there!
Would love to see any collaboration the two of you might make together. Wow that would be!
It's fun to learn of your connections to Viv and all the other highlighted artists in your book here.

Dapper-T said...

Vivian's gorgeous textures and colours are a real feast to wake up to. Thank you for bringing some sun into my day :-)

Frances said...

It is the intensity of colour that is fulfilling to my being! So complete! Beautiful work.

Jeanne said...

i lover Vivian's use of texture and color

beskonechnost said...

what bright compositions!!!ìíå liked!!!

Terrie said...

Browsed her site and loved her work but was unable to leave a comment. Wordpress was doing some weird thing....

Maggie Crawford said...

Another new artist to me, thank you for the introduction Vivian's work is so rich in color and texture

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Vivian's colours are vibrant and deep and alive. That alone is great...but then you have the depth of texture so that I want to 'feel' her art. I love the grey palettes in art. AND I love the colour palettes. Sheesh! I think I love it all. *smiles* Norma

elle said...

wonderful contrast and colour and texture and...

deb said...

hoping you get to meet someday soon - I love her work too!

Nelleke said...

and that "colourful" human being is my daughter....i'm so praud of her!

Jo Murray said...

Vivian's work has such a richness! Love sll the 'bits' she finds.

Robin said...

I love reading about all of these artists ...their insights and ideas..and seeing all of their creations..Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway...Ill be back...and if I dont win Im buying the book anyway..!

Carol said...

Really enjoyed looking at her art journals and look forward to seeing more. Thanks for the intro to another interesting artist.

Elizabeth Munro said...

i've always loved Viv's work... very envious of her free spirit and attitude about creating...

Janine Whitling said...

I didn't realise how many terrific aussie artists we have! (i did really). Terrific color and optimism in Vivians work.

Bev said...

wow gorgeous work and use of colour love Vivians work , thanks

hugz bev

Robert said...

Vivian's work incorporates amazing textures and colors. There is a character of richness and warmth, here, which is undeniable. I love the shimmering hues, and wonderful detail of her 'Transformation Box' project, in the book, and her words about the creative and personal benefits of dealing with anger "in a positive and respectful way. . ."! It leads one to believe that 'avoidance' of our own negative emotions is not the best choice!

donnaj said...

thanks for the intro to yet another!

Carol said...

Seth, so good to be introduced to a fellow Australian. Off to visit Vivien now.

Vickie said...

I love her book. The materials and details are wonderful. More than that they just speak to my soul.

Plume said...

I think Vivian is a color fairy! or maybe she met one. her work speaks to me in the sense that I see sensitivity just by looking at the first picture of one of her creations. I am talking about the book that we see from the bottom. I love the colors and texture of that book without even knowing what is in it.

Rusted Wings said...

love viv's honesty, textures, and soul in her work!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am having a terrible time with blogger. I can't seem to log on and get anywhere. I just hope I can catch up on these posts while I am able to get through. Vivian's art speaks to me. I love the designs and the intricacy of her work.

alteredbits said...

she is wonderful and i'm so glad to know of vivian now -- i love her self portrait in the book! i hadn't known of her previously and am so glad you have featured her as an artist.

Wen Redmond said...

This is a fav so far- god the texture!

rivergardenstudio said...

Vivian's art is vibrant and glorious! I love her colors, her pages are almost "alive" with energy and movement. roxanne