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American artist Chris Cooksey creates some of the most intricate and imaginative sculptures using children’s toys, dolls, and found objects. These amazing compositions are rife with drama and mystery and remind me of the work of H.R. Giger and Hieronymous Bosch. The masterful industrial Rococo-inspired collage quality gives you a sense of living in a harsh and cruel environment, each element, whether human or mechanical, providing an important part to the overall whole.

I admire his patience with working in such detail and the scrutiny involved in every element. Both eccentric and utterly erratic, they convey a sense of darkness and beauty that live deep within the human soul.  

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New York City is notorious for having some of the world’s best street art talent – and 30-something female graffiti artist Swoon is no exception. Her life-sized wheat paste ups are second to none, and feature intricate paper cutouts that reflect the social atmosphere that surrounds her. Inspired by the people who come in contact with her throughout her life, she translates the pathos of the street onto the walls of the city they reside in using recycled newsprint that yellows, cracks and decays over time, taking on a life of its own.

“I’ve always really had the sense of the way that people store things inside their bodies and the way that everything you’ve ever seen or ever done is a part of you. I felt like in a way if I could somehow draw that, or make an x-ray, maybe it was just your experiences that day or maybe it’s just what you walked past that day, or maybe it’s a deeper story that’s somewhere in there for the telling.”

To learn more about Swoon and see her other amazing projects, check out this great interview on brooklynstreetart.com

To buy her prints, visit artnet.com.

Also, read about her first exhibition at designboom.com.

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ImagePolish artist Marta Klonowska has an incredible talent for creating gorgeous life-sized sculptures of animals out of tiny broken shards of glass. *Ouch!* Her painstaking work is usually based on fauna found in traditional Romantic and Baroque paintings that have inspired her, such as the works of Francisco de Goya and Peter Paul Reubens, and she often displays her creations next to these famous paintings in order to achieve a dynamic sense of connection to them, bridging the gap between the modern and the classic.

For more info, check out Lorch + Seidel, and Glasstress.org.

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