Studio Visit: Antonia Contro

Had the distinct pleasure of visiting Antonia Contro’s beautiful Chicago studio.  While there was much to be inspired by, and very good coffee to drink, there was something about this unassuming tuft of horsetail springing from a concrete column struck me.

Much of Antonia’s work is concerned with bodies of knowledge; an additional theme is forms in nature.  I was struck by the similarity of the staggered pages of an enormously and elegantly over-scaled book, and a rock I plucked from a stream in Asia.    The image below is of a piece she did, purchased by a client who has collected much of her work.





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