The books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book.
Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (via prettybooks)

Vol. 3: Claudia Smalley - “Toys”

Toys is a piece that harkens back to my industrial design roots and features figurative shapes while playing with composition and color schemes - little creatures, shiny toys, and childlike play on primitive color.”


Claudia Smalley is a first-generation Polish-American artist whose parents immigrated to Chicago in the late 1970s. She has shown work at national venues including the Polish Museum of America and has most recently been selected by the Chicago Art Institute’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, James Rondeau, as an ArtFutura 2011 finalist. Claudia has been featured in local/national/international print publications such as the Chicago Reader, CBS Chicago (web edition), Business News Daily, and La Republica (The national newspaper of Italy). 

You can see more of Claudia’s work on her website or find her on facebook: