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Half Humans, Half Animals. The Creations Of Crystal Morey Act Like Talismans That Connects Us To Nature

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Tiny humans wearing animal heads. Crystal Morey creates porcelain sculptures to represent her personal connection to nature. The little characters, part of her ‘At the Edge of Time’ new series are full of meaning and power. The artist envisions them as talismans meant to deliver a message and protect their owners.

Each naked human body has its top part covered with an animal head; an eagle, a bear or a deer. The texture of the skin, the eyes, the teeth are intricately depicted. The sculptures are left white, a color associated with fragility and purity. And their height doesn’t exceed a few inches, which emphasizes their dainty and frail look.

Crystal Morey symbolizes nature and the role the environment has on humanity. The humans forced to live with an animal appearance unveil the deep and dark feeling of being trapped. A sentiment the artist is experiencing while watching human kind forcing its destiny on nature.
Questioning this relationship is the purpose of Crystal Morey’s art work. She wishes that the viewer will come across the sculptures and take the initiative to contemplate the world they are living in. And hopefully reconsider their role within this planet or envision new perspectives on how to create a better place for both species. (Via Hi Fructose)

Crystal Morey’s ‘At the Edge of Time’ series will be displayed at the Antler Gallery in Portland until December 31st 2015.

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Glen Sorenson’s Night Painting

I like to use the shorthand of “night paintings” to describe Austrian-born, Swedish painter Glen Sorenson’s solemn, melancholic works. He consistently utilizes black backgrounds against a washed out, expertly mixed color palette that consists of pink, lavender, yellow, periwinkle and turquoise hues. A large majority of his work is made up of simplistic still lives of slumped over, crispy, dead flowers; his remaining works depict unconventionally cropped objects and wistful, stagnant scenes . 

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Benjamin Phillips

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Batman is pretty cool, but he does naughty stuff all the time.

Benjamin Phillip’s is an illustrator/poet/music man working out of Brighton, England. His work is a mixed bag of wizadry, sad children, wicked cool parties, and leaves.  His illustrations all have an underlined witty sense of humor that seems very unique and bizarre.

 

Made With Color Presents: Janet Decker Yanez’s Hallucinogenic Portraits

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Janet Deck Yanez

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It’s time for our weekly exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website builder Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color is a website builder that helps artists create gorgeous mobile/tablet optimized websites and allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the work and website of Janet Decker Yanez.

Nashville, Tennessee based artist Janet Decker Yanez latest series of paintings “Unwinding Sheets” is a psychedelic exploration of portraiture, color, and abstraction. Using furniture moving pads and spray food coloring, Yanez’s experiments have taken her on a hallucinogenic ride full of colorful possibilities.

Discussing this body of work she states:

There’s a death that happens in the moving process: death of the physical space once occupied, of relationships with people and of things that break or don’t have a place in the new home. There’s also new life that happens while unpacking, as demonstrated in this series called “UnWinding Sheets.”

 

After unpacking my whole house and giving away all the boxes and most of the paper—for the second time in less than a year—I was left with roughly 20 large furniture paper pads, “economical, multipurpose, and reusable 3-ply recycled paper.” Some days I just wanted to wrap myself up in one of those blanket-sized sheets and hide away in some old box. As an alternative, I brought them to the studio.

 

Using food coloring and spray-painting techniques, I began creating non-representational heads/portraits. Starting with the basics of facial anatomy, ephemeral, shroud-like faces emerged from these lifeless, linen-like materials approximately 4 feet by 6 feet. Features developed as the coloring puddled or ran depending on whether I was working on a flat surface or vertically and as I used a layering process that included several spray applications and airbrushing.

 

A cast of characters unfurls from this paper that once wrapped and protected all my fragile household items.  Through the title process I found some have namessome speak of their past with terms used to describe the condition of the objects they once wound around, while others merely echo precautionary statements.

Jessica Dance Crafts A Turkey You’ll Want To Snuggle With

Photo credit: David Sykes

Photo credit: David Sykes

Photo credit: David Sykes

Photo credit: David Sykes

Photo credit: David Sykes

Photo credit: David Sykes

Photo credit: David Sykes

Photo credit: David Sykes

London-based artist Jessica Dance specializes in creating handcrafted models, props, and sets that have a wide-range of commercial appeal clients include Vogue, Vanity Fair, Google, and more). Her work features a lot of conventional, everyday objects reimagined in a delightful, unconventional way. Dance knits food, toothbrushes, and even calculators on her domestic knitting machine, and it’s a playful twist on the real thing.

The knitted pieces are made from wool, and they look like something you’d want to snuggle up with. It’s an odd feeling to want to hug a giant turkey, but that’s the power of fiber arts (or any art, really). We attach associations to materials and sometimes nostalgia prompts us to touch, pet, or squeeze brussel sprouts and meatballs.

Chris Haas Sculpts And Embellishes Animal Skulls Into Mystical, Dark Fantasy Creatures

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Chris Haas is a Colorado-based artist who creates otherworldly skulls embellished with bright paints and flowing sculptural details. Among his ever-growing collection are various mystical creations, from ghostly green bears to devilish, silver-violet rams. Haas has even fashioned his own hybrids, such as a deer skull with mask-like detailing, a fierce beak, and keen incisors. Eyes like fiery orbs or dark obsidian pools peer from cavernous sockets, engaging the viewer with an eerie, beyond-the-grave vitality. In a final gothic-esque touch, each creature is displayed on ornate wall mounts.

Haas’ work is not your typical taxidermy; his is a project of passion and immense imagination. His studio—pictures of which can be seen on his Facebook—looks like it was transported out of a dark fantasy novel. His style is distinct, blending childlike dream imagery with the aura of the mythical undead. Instilling each skull with its own character, he renews them with life while also attending to the faces of death with respect, curiosity, and creativity. Visit Haas’ website, Facebook page, and Instagram to see more of his remarkable creations.

A Day In Decay- What’s In The Mail Box

Everytime we go to the mailbox a new treasure awaits. Usually it’s an invitation from a gallery, or postcards promoting an illustrator or a discount card for Staples ( I love office supplies!). However every once in a while i’ll get something that catches my eye.  Mograg Magazine (pictured above) is a themed magazine from Tokyo. It’s almost all in Japanese but from what I can tell they select a different theme for each issue (like b/d) and feature artists working in a wide variety of media. It leans heavy on the illustration side of things but there’s some good stuff inside.

Kay Rosen’s Architectural Wordplay

Chicago based Kay Rosen manipulates text and typography to change, alter, and redefine the meaning of various words and phrases. Her manipulations transform not only the meaning of the texts but also act as typographic illustrations on a grand scale. (via)