Seattle artist Rachel Maxi mainly creates tiny landscape paintings that manage to evoke a sense of space in rather mundane settings, but she turned away from her usual subject matter to make a very lovely series of pieces documenting hand tools. There’s something very satisfying and elegant in the stark contrast between the straightforward, realistically rendered tools and their highly saturated, single toned backgrounds. I, for one, certainly appreciate any work of art that leaves me thinking, “Why what a pretty hand saw!”

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