10 favourite things

Soul Sa­fari cre­ative strate­gist Vanessa Holden on her art-re­lated pas­sions.

VOGUE Living Australia - - Passions -

1. MI­RANDA SKOCZEK I have an In­sta love af­fair with Mi­randa and the way her op­u­lent, vi­brant colour and ges­tu­ral sen­su­al­ity in­voke home and joy­ful, spir­ited liv­ing [Skoczek’s art­work Gath­er­ing and As­sem­bling is pic­tured]. 2. KEN DONE POSTER This was cre­ated on-site at the in­au­gu­ral 2016 Soul Sa­fari event in Syd­ney. A to­tal orig­i­nal from a to­tal icon. 3. SKARFE Lo­cated in Syd­ney’s Potts Point, this is part-art gallery, part-dream des­ti­na­tion. I love their work with artists on lim­ited edi­tions, such as this Wall­pa­per scarf art­work by New York-based Jess John­son. 4. ARTISTS’ STU­DIOS I visit artists’ stu­dios and spa­ces more than gal­leries. Next on my list is a trip to the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum [in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico]. 5. CAFÉ SABARSKY This clas­si­cist dream, tucked into the Neue Ga­lerie in New York, is exquisitely out­fit­ted with pe­riod pieces. A slice of sacher­torte is in­spi­ra­tion enough to visit. 6. MEX­ICO CITY Its brac­ing moder­nity and bold, beau­ti­fully bru­tal tra­di­tional arts and cul­ture make it, for me, the world’s most ex­cit­ing art des­ti­na­tion. I go to Frida Kahlo’s stu­dio ev­ery time I visit, to see her wa­ter­colour pal­ette set just as she left it. 7. POP ART It was one of my first loves. I’m a fan of the graphic, colour-in­fused work of artist, nun and civil rights, anti-war ac­tivist Sis­ter Corita Kent [ her 1963 art­work Man­i­fest as Lan­guage is pic­tured]. 8. KENYA PETERSEN This 16-year-old Syd­ney sculp­tor’s sim­ple, so­phis­ti­cated forms [such as Wire Sculp­ture: Navy, pic­tured] be­lie her age. 9. OUT­SIDER ART I am a big fan of out­sider art; work by self-taught artists. Leonard Knight’s epic Sal­va­tion Moun­tain, an ex­u­ber­ant adobe-cov­ered mon­u­ment to love and spir­i­tu­al­ity in the heat of the Colorado Desert, is in­cred­i­bly mov­ing. 10. ART BOOKS My cur­rent ob­ses­sion is The De­ci­sive Mo­ment by hu­man­ist pho­tog­ra­pher Henri Cartier-Bres­son [ pub­lished by Steidl]. Ground­break­ing on its re­lease in 1952, it still in­spires pho­tog­ra­phers. VL Visit soul­sa­fari.com.

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