Jana Brike had only two pages in our theme Passion. Unfortunately, she was traveling in Thailand during the time I curated this theme and I was not sure she would get back in time to send me anything.
I wanted to give her a little more attention on our web blog for the simple reason that passion is a common thread which runs through most of her creations. She has represented the theme of the innocent coming of age love, and the passionate, coy sweet and playful characters which we have adored. Here are a few images which so aptly fit our theme of Passion. – Nina Pak
When curating the Passion theme for Miroir Magazine, I came across these amazing portraits by John Rawson. I feel that they embody the very essence of what passion means. These women are powerful, their intensity and strength emanate from the page. I have included shots we did not put in the print issue. John works with a lot of amazing stylists, everything he does is just fabulous.– Nina Pak
Q: The theme of passion and love plays a supreme role in your work. Where does your inspiration come from? Who is your muse? Do childhood memories play a role?
Passion has always been central to the art I make. Aside from the obvious theatrical and expressive qualities I enjoy in the staging and narrative of the work There is also a spiritual component to it.
Q: How do you inspire the powerful and compelling images you create?
A: Working with organic surfaces, from wood to stained papers, skins to fabrics, has always been pivotal for my figures. The patterns in the wood or stain help to decide placement, pose, and movement of my girls. A plain, pure paper or canvas has always proven overwhelming and at odds with my personality. Having to impose my will on something, even a piece of paper seems overbearing and rude. Having parameters to have to work within and play around is more interesting. The challenges of natural surfaces are what makes them so special to draw on. Drawing becomes more interactive, less imposed when there are areas on the original surface to be revered and other areas that interrupt, merging together with the figure.