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Photographs courtesy of Antoine Bootz, Hannah Drabin and Chris Lehrecke

French designer Jérôme Abel Seguin has lived in Indonesia for more than 25 years. His work gives shape to large native wood species highlighting the natural heft of the material. For this Archipelago: Wood, Stone, Iron show, he presents sculptures and furniture, including the iron wood bench and iron wall hanging above. "The ten iron artworks are inspired by handmade ikat textiles from the Flores and Sumba islands in Indonesia. Some resemble braille and another an intriguing map. They are made of old scrap iron, embroidered with small, found machinery parts from Java. These are complimented by ten Suiseki river stone sculptures, which are shaped over centuries by currents, with abrasions from nature. In Asia, they are the perfect link between art and nature," says Seguin, who collects them around Java, admiring their sometimes anthropomorphic or zoomorphic shapes. They are displayed on precious wood pedestals that further celebrate Mother Nature's work.


photography by Antoine Bootz



Following on her much-lauded "Perfectly Imperfect" painted mannequins that challenge conventional archteypes of beauty,Rebecca Moses launches a new take on portraiture with "WhiteShirts”. Moses says: The white shirt is a vehicle for dressing strong, unique and diverse women for portraiture. It is an equalizer and, at the same time, an empowering and elevating element of style. Historically portrait paintings have memorialized the rich and powerful. The assumption of class and wealth presides. But what if the subjects weren't all this way? What if they were a blended tribe of colorful, smart, quirky, raw, talented, groundbreaking, curious, badass girls who embrace their individuality? Instead of ornate gowns and family jewels, or nude, my subjects put on a white shirt and personal treasures that allow their essence and character to emanate. Who are these girls? What is their backstory? How do you imagine their tale? What assumptions are made as we study them? Does what we wear, or don't wear, have the ability to mislead and change the story we see? 


Photographs courtesy of Antoine Bootz and Rebecca Moses