Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Forest of Infinite Meaning

Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone; All her lovely companions have faded and gone. -Thomas Moore

Not unlike the silent yearnings that encamp along the edges of her art, Shira Sela has a way of invading our hearts through the gateway of our minds. This not to say there is nothing lovely to be found in her work. If anything, the depth and radiance of her subjects—a late blooming tree’s life exposed, resplendent against the verdant darkness of a troubled night sky, for example—are illustrative of the magic that stirs when a beautiful spirit brushes up against an unmistakable artistic gift. It’s the psyche, however, that is most immediately pricked by Sela’s surreal images. Does the young lady in Reading know she is figuratively marooned on a floating bed of thorns, or is such isolation a means to an end? And then there’s foreshadowing: Does the innocent wanderer facing down The Choice pause for reassurance, or does she even break stride on the forked path of flowering moss before her?

In some traditions, of course, such questions are the point of the art itself. Sela’s gallery of both Western and Eastern themes, however, resists easy categorization. The gentle suggestiveness and sparse, strategically colored landscape of Never Alone, for example, might be mistaken for an Asian commentary on our mortality—until one realizes that the symbol of safety/masculinity to which the girl clings is actually an African zebra, and that her restfulness could just as easily be interpreted as contentedness. Art criticism, after all, is nothing if not an exercise in subjectivity. But be your own judge: We are excited to announce that for the winner of today’s giveaway, this gorgeous print will be yours to keep. To win Never Alone, simply visit Shira Sela’s collection, then return here to tell us about your favorite print. Wishing Willow subscribers receive a second entry, so let us know in a second post if you subscribe. (If you do not have a Google account, just click “anonymous” to leave a post.) Contest ends 10/16/08. Best of luck to you all.

**We have a winner! ky2here who said, "Late Bloomer because of the richness of the varying greens - it really stands out from the rest of the wonderful collection. much more intense and less whimsical." Congratulations!

170 comments:

catriona_sweeps said...

I like the simple joy of "Coexistence".

Jenn S. said...

I like the "Reading" print. The girl in the print looks like my daughter who happens to always be reading.

reb said...

I love the Set of 4 folded illustrated cards.

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Anonymous said...

the print of the late blooming tree is beautiful--what amazing colors!

AmandaSue said...

I love the Acid Flower cards, all the colours are pretty and I love how simple the flowers look but once you add all the colour it looks elegant!

Croasla0 said...

i like the blossom print. thanks for the chance!

lauren
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Kirby McCauley said...

Wow. Her art is really lovely. I'm adding her to my favorite sellers! My favorite of her prints is It's Going to be Alright. Just stunning. :)

malleycc said...

I like coexistance! Perfect for my two kids.

Danielle said...

I like the Blossom print the best!

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kygirl said...

Blossom print

gkstratos said...

I like Snow Walk
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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mrs.mommyy said...

love the blossom print mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

kktwins said...

My favorite is the Late Bloomer Print. Thank you.
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Sunny B said...

I love Late Bloomer.

Darcy said...

I love Shira's work! My favorite is Destiny. I also really like the bookplate designs. Thanks for the giveaway!

Darcy said...

I just subscribed! Thanks!

Kristin said...

I love the colors of "Late Bloomer". Pretty and soothing all at the same time.


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Anonymous said...

fun

Anonymous said...

fun

Maja said...

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Blossom print

Maja said...

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subscriber

Gianna said...

I love the Blossom print (blue version) :)

mverno said...

the blossom print

kendra22 said...

the blossom print..thanks for the opp !

Baba said...

I love Reading. Any good book can pull you in; just like in the picture. Would love to win.

Anonymous said...

I like both Late Bloomer and the Blossom Print.
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lisagee said...

Swing ---Set of 4 folded illustrated cards are cute!

Jodi Renshaw said...

I love the "Late Bloomer" piece. Absolutely gorgeous!

~ Jodi
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Jodi Renshaw said...

I am a subscriber.

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Tonya said...

I love the Bliss print.

snowmermaid said...

Late Bloomer is my favorite print.

chromiumman said...

love the blossom print

David Bertolo said...

Japanese Dolls

idahomom said...

Late Blooming Tree is very nice.

cheapvegan said...

Wow, I love this blog! Such wonderful artists and great giveaways!

I really fell in love with the "Late Bloomer" print!

Catherine KingChuparkoff said...

I love the choice, because we emphasize the fact that choices must be made everyday and bad choices will lead you down the wrong path and good choices will take you anywhere....ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

NateAndJakesMom said...

The Girl with a Balloon is my favorite.

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Jen said...

I love the acid flower and late bloomer designs!
Thanks,
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toughturtles said...

Late Bloomer

kdkdkd said...

Coexistence is my favorite, says so much in such a simple form

Christy5150 said...

Never Alone is my favorite! I have a few Zebra photographs up that I purchased on Etsy last year. This would blend in perfectly!

sillelin said...

I like the Blossom Print.

vboackle said...

i like the blossom print.

Bebemiqui said...

I love the Blossom print.
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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I love the Late Bloomer print! Very beautiful!

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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

also a subscriber!

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Sunnyvale said...

I like Late Bloomer

Anonymous said...

the Blossom print is my favorite.

Nora
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gunzie said...

I love the Japanese dolls prints, really beautiful! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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gunzie said...

I'm a subscriber.

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PS said...

I love Coexistence. It is so simple and beautiful! Plus it would be perfect for my son and daughter sometimes!

Wehaf said...

My favorite print is Coexistence; although Bliss is a close second! They are both so joyful, but quiet too. Very evocative.

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llinda29 said...

I like the Acid Flower cards

sachidewey said...

I like Its going to be alright

Angie said...

The Blossum Print Blue version is very lovely. But, I have to say the "Never Alone" print is the most beautiful, it makes you think beyond the print itself. What was in the artist vision with it? It makes me wonder. I will have to read more and find out the history on the print!

Thanks for the chance to have a print of this quality!
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Angie said...

I am a subscriber also.
Thanks!
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Jessica said...

I really like the Bliss print, it's very simplistic yet captures so much.

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DEY said...

I like "It's going to be alright." Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Late Bloomer print.
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AEM said...

Never Alone IS my favorite - but I also like Reading, and Hoola.

The Jackson Family said...

I love the forest print. So much imagination could be had with it:)

The Jackson Family said...

I am also a subscriber:)

Genevieve P said...

I like Late Bloomer.

fancyfeet48 said...

the blossom print

- Marybeth I. said...

The Choice is my favorite

- Marybeth I. said...

I am a subscriber!

Doreen said...

I love, love the Choice!! :) purposedrivenlife4you (at) gmail (dot) com

Doreen said...

I'm a Subscriber! I think the print 'Reading' is a great one also! :)

yadgirl said...

I like The Choice.

Anonymous said...

I like the peacefulness of "Snow Walk".
Sheila
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crystal said...

How Sweet,I love the Print called Destiny

What little girl hasnt done that .
He loves me ...He loves me not

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kerri69 said...

i absolutley love the its gonna be alright so powerful ,at this time in mine and my sisters life

kerri69 said...

and i subsribed

oona said...

I love the print "Bliss" in red. It reminds me of my five year old twirling! All the prints are beautiful!

Thank you for the giveaway!
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oona said...

I am a subscriber too :)
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delfina said...

Late Bloomer and Reading are my two faves.

DOODLEGIRL said...

Blossom print (blue version)

micaela6955 said...

I like the Blossom print in blue-very nice!

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Anonymous said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I like Shira Sela's Destiny print. It is so easy to identify with the girl/woman in the artwork, no matter what size and type you yourself might be! Never Alone is an amazing title and an extremely well-executed work of art!

jnmacdonald said...

I like Late Bloomer, but Windy Afternoon was a close second.

Kari said...

I love late Bloomer.

Jenny said...

Late Bloomer. The contrast of the pastel flowers against the greenish sky is so unusual and beautiful.

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windycindy said...

What an amazing artist! It is not easy for me to pick one favorite print of hers! I finally decided on
"It's Going to be Alright!" Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

I am a happy subscriber!
Cindi
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M.A. said...

I grew up with lots of sisters and brothers and now have lots of granddaughters and grandsons so I really like "Coexistence".

Sarah Berry said...

I love the "its going to be alright print" Thanks for the giveaway.

bison61 said...

I also like the Blossom print

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Kt said...

the "its going to be already" is so cute and childlike but beautiful...

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Brooke said...

I like FOREST

littlelatina said...

It's going to be alright print is very nice

sarah said...

I like Late Bloomer

Gill - That British Woman said...

Late Bloomer is my favourite.

Gill

Karen said...

I like the set of 4 folded illustrated cards.

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cathy said...

I like the "Reading" print. i was always a reader it's one of my life's joys

VIVI7729 said...

Late Bloomer is the best print!

Becca Ann said...

My favorite print is Late Bloomer
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Jenna said...

"Never Alone" is definitely my favorite - would be wonderful to add it to my wall :)

rosannepm said...

blossom print

silverbele said...

I like the print Destiny

shelley said...

The lat blooming tree is very nice.

Smooshy said...

i like the blossom print

Patricia said...

I love It's Going to be Alright or the Late Blooming Tree.

pitaharmon said...

I like Coexistence. I like them all, really.
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Lisa said...

I like The Choice. Thank you
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Sandy said...

coexistence or blossom are two of my favorites

matty55 said...

i like writing to you print

Jamie said...

I adore Bliss. It's perfect.

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elhklh said...

I love the never alone print.

diesel51 said...

Snow walk or late blooming trees, but there were some real close seconds.

Anonymous said...

I love the Late Bloomer!
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jffryclough said...

snow walk is our pick for now

paryjeja said...

I love the colors in Late Bloomer

agordon10 said...

I love Never Alone

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of my childhood, when everyone used an unbrella and the gusts of wind would just sweep them away

mverno said...

my favorate is the never alone print

cheapvegan said...

I already commented but forgot to mention I am a subscriber!

Shannon said...

I like the destiny print.

Anonymous said...

Snow Walk

Nora
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Kathleen said...

These are hauntingly nostalgic. I'd love to have one on my walls.

My favorite is Destiny. Thanks for sharing this Etsy find!

Helen said...

Late Bloomer is my favorite!

Anonymous said...

Late Bloomer

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Kitty said...

I love the red "Bliss" print!

ms-texas said...

I like the blossom print

gibson777 said...

I like the Late Bloomer

lunadelmar said...

I love the late blooming tree . what lovely prints
Thank you
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bonobo said...

I love "forest". They are all beautiful though, it was hard to choose!

Icetwofire said...

I really like the Reading print, thank you.

Icetwofire said...

I subscribe

Anonymous said...

I love the Japanese Dolls...absolutely adorable!!
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Leah said...

I love the beauty in COEXISTENCE. It truly reflects everything magical in life! : )))

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Leah said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Swtlilchick said...

The Never Alone Print is my favorite.It is adorable and
speaks volumes.Please enter me
and thanks

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ky2here said...

Late Bloomer because of the richness of the varying greens - it really stands out from the rest of the wonderful collection. much more intense and less whimsical.

intime said...

Acid Flower cards

ldrnc2000 said...

The Blossom Print in red is cool! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

toughturtles said...

late bloomer

idahomom said...

I love Snow Walk.

Roseann K. said...

I love Late Bloomer. Thanks!

mensa63 said...

Never alone is surely one of my favorites because I love animals but Forest with its eclectic stark portrayal of a place many of us never see is one of my favorite ones also.

StillH2o said...

I really like Late Bloomer but the reading one is great, too!

vboackle said...

i like blossom.

Karen said...

Love the print of the late blooming tree.

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Marie said...

I love "It's Going to Be All Right" -- so nice!

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klp1965 said...

I LOVE THE Its going to be alright print

purango said...

The Reading print is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

arvard said...

The Snow Walk is very nice.
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Deb said...

Marionette is a very attractive print. But my favorite is the one that's featured, Never Alone. It's got a Beardsley kind of look which I love. I'd be honored to hang it on my wall.

tanya said...

I like the Bliss print. Thanks.

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Emily said...

I really like the Late Bloomer print. It's beautiful.

Sahm Lee said...

I love the Its going to be alright print. Thanks for the contest!
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Anonymous said...

I love the "Late Bloomer". It's haunting in a beautiful way. I also like "Snow Walk" and "Writing to you". So pick me! :)

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cathirushing said...

Late Bloomer

M.A. said...

I like Coexistence because isn't that what it's all about for all of us?

Lori said...

I really like Late Bloomer... gorgeous!

bohemiangypsy said...

My favorite is "Nurturing." Thank you so much.

fancyfeet48 said...

I love the forest print

masonsgranny59 said...

Acid flower - Set of 4 folded

InMyHeart01 said...

I really like the reading print since I'm always reading!

Becky said...

I love Late Bloomer. It reminds me of me!

Thanks for the contest.

Anonymous said...

Girl with a balloon touches me somehow! Beautiful.

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blueviolet said...

I love the 'Destiny' print. It reminds me of my daughter.
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phyllisg said...

Forest is the print I'd choose after NEVER ALONE or LATE BLOMMER.

donna444444 said...

I like Bliss (red). It really made me think of bliss and made me happy just to look at it.

donna444444 said...

I am a subscriber

Colengal said...

I like Snow Walk for it's combination of the 20's/asian feel. very nice

Anonymous said...

Blossom print, wooohooooooooo. ahmaur(at)hotmail.com

Heather said...

Girl with a balloon is my favorite. So simple but so striking.

Rockin' Mama said...

Wow there are so many gorgeous prints!

I think I'd choose Windy Afternoon!

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margie said...

The forest of infinite meaning reminds me of a dream i once had.