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  2. For the recyclers, the bicyclers, and the upcyclers:

    Speak for the Trees limited edition book ($80) / Lucca by Dan Agam (starting at $250) / Bamboo Forest, Shelter Island by Bastienne Schmidt (starting at $200) /Azuero Earth Project’s Artists for Azuero limited edition plate set (a worth-it splurge at $750)

    Or, if you’d rather let them decide on the artwork, give a gift card and put it in an I (Heart) NY reusable bag from the MOMA store.

     
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  4. Bamboo Forest, Shelter Island, 2008/2011

    by Bastienne Schmidt

    Photograph from Home Stills

    Through her own character portrayal as a housewife, Bastienne Schmidt created a series of meditative images titled Home Stills, directly confronting themes of female identity and what it means to be home. 

    German-born Schmidt has been working in New York for the past twenty years, photographing mainly in the Hamptons near her home.  In Bamboo Forest, shot on Long Island’s Shelter Island, she wanders through an almost dreamlike forest, offering up a view of life close to home as fascinating and alienating as anywhere one could imagine. With her back turned, it becomes more than a personal examination as the female figure could represent any woman. “The work deals with layers,” she stated. “It’s about looking through something and not being able to see it clearly…Women have a lot of different angles and complexities to understand.” -ANNALIESE

     
  5. Waxed Bra

    by Bastienne Schmidt

    "The goal of Home Stills is to show that a life close to home can be as fascinating, strange, and alienating as anywhere else.” —Bastienne Schmidt

    This photo from the series Home Stills has always intrigued me, with its unmissable warmth exuding from the sun-soaked patterned wallpaper but also with its underlying sense of female confinement (my thoughts instinctively drift to the Mad Men character Betty Draper). As with all photos in the series, this photo explores the complexities of women, specifically housewives, through various domestic scenes. —JESSIE

    **See works from Home Stills now on display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

     
  6. The Red Dress, Sagapnack, 2008/2011

    by Bastienne Schmidt

    Bastienne Schmidt’s The Red Dress, Sagapnackpart of the series Home Stills has the feeling of both serenity and agitation. The pose of the figure (Schmidt herself) is not aggressive, but it is the bright red she wears that seems to scream. The manly atmosphere Schmidt is situated in contrasts greatly with her persona and is further intensified by the colors in the image; the true opposite of green being red.  

    This image gives the feeling of both escape and entrapment. Though in a vast landscape with open arms, it seems to be the wish to fly out of the place in which she doesn’t belong and yet acceptance within the idea this will always be a wish and daydream. -JACKI