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e1Born in Paris in 1975, Eva Jospin has created a unique way of bringing the life cycle of cardboard around full circle by turning back into the forest from whence it came – or at least, a representation of it. Reinventing the very nature of what makes a forest, she deconstructs the man-made and re-assembles it back into its original form.

Ripping and cutting through piles and piles of cardboard, layering it expertly in arrangements to create bas relief and even 3-dimensional shapes, her pieces grow a renewed life of their own and become a metaphor for exploration of self and expression of the internal journey of human existence. The juxtaposition of working with sturdy raw materials against the fragility and impermanence of nature itself is what lends a profound meaning to her work. We are so connected to nature as humans living on this earth, and yet there is a major disparity and disconnect that we are constantly trying to overcome.

I’d love to see a giant installation of Jospin’s forest and get lost in it, wouldn’t you?

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Kohei Nawa employs an intriguing technique in the development of his sculptures – he’s created what he’s dubbed “PixCell” beads to completely cover found objects, so that what was once a perfectly defined shape is now distorted and magnified on various levels, changing the object itself and creating a sort of bubble aura or “husk of light” surrounding each piece. Using glass beads, glue, prisms, spray foam and plaster on taxidermied animals and other previously used vintage objects, he transforms their very essence into something truly remarkable and original.

Nawa also currently takes on other design projects that involve different techniques and mediums via the artist collective space that he’s founded called “Sandwich” and was even asked to create original headwear for Comme Des Garcons’ Spring & Summer 2012 runway show.

Discover more of Kohei Nawa’s work on his website.

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American glass artist Shayna Leib’s fascination with glassblowing started at the early age of seven years old, when she was first introduced to the practice at a local university. Since then, she’s grown and developed an incredible amount of skill in the art of glassworks, having studied at California Polytechnic State University and the University of Wisonsin-Madison, and focusing on the study of sculptural objects and the vessel.

“I use glass, not for its mimetic quality to capture the look of stone or plastic, but for its most unique properties; the inclination to flow, the capacity to freeze a moment in time, and its ability to manipulate optics.”

Aquatic-inspired forms and the beautiful otherworldly lines and colour qualities they possess, comprise the bulk of her work, as she redefines the use of glass to create an intelligent design aesthetic – almost lifelike in the way the forms coalesce, and how they work together when confined in rigidly-structured geometric boxes to create a gorgeous sense of style.

Visit her website to see more of her incredible work.

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ImageWorking in a pastoral setting in Surrey, UK, sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green has been honing his skills as a master sculptor for decades with Andalusian horses as the main subject of his fixation. He’s spent a lifetime perfecting the art of the ancient “lost wax” technique after observing the fifth-century B.C. carving of a horse’s head, that belonged to Selene of the Parthenon, which was exhibited at the British Museum. Working in plaster, clay, marble and beaten lead, he masterfully mimics the form and structure of the equine head and then oversees the process of casting it in bronze on a large scale and infuses a viscerally ancient and powerful feel to his works.

These beautifully-rendered heads are displayed all over the world in noteworthy locales, and have received critical acclaim from far and wide. One of his sculptures, entitled “Still Water”, depicting the head of a horse drinking, is located right next to the Marble Arch in London and stands 30 feet tall. Celebrities fall over themselves to capture and collect his works, and he’s known to have sold to the likes of Ringo Starr, J.K. Rowling, Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise.

Of his massive work that can be found in Castello Di Reschio in Umbria, Italy, the artist states;

“At Reschio, I found new inspiration not only from the study of these wonderful Andalusian horses, but from the light, the smell, the hills, the sense of ancient peace that pervades the land from the days when St. Francis wandered through these hills, and before, way back to the time of the Etruscans. In fact the very air that fills this land upon which Reschio sits has ignited a new fire in my work.”

Check out his website to learn more.

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ImageThere’s something to be said for obsession in the world of art. It’s what drives us to collect, cohere, and create. For Markham, Ontario native Ellen Jewett, her obsession with creating sculptural forms at a young age, and her love of biology are what propelled her into the wonderously surreal world of expressive sculpture that she thrives in today. Having studied Biological Anthropology and Fine Art at McMaster University, she took her education as the groundwork to spring her forward into full time studio work almost immediately after graduating with honours, and continues to expand her knowledge with apprenticeships, additional professional classes, as well as teaching at various levels.

For Jewett, according to her website bio, sculpting is all about the idea of life itself, and the subtleties of the nature of biology; it’s narratives, movement, balance, and emotions. There is no limitation to the medium in which she works – she bends the laws of nature to create her vision rather than be constrained by her materials. Her works are grotesque, and surreal, evoking the essence of the abstraction of biology and nature while effortlessly floating in an otherworldly ambiance.

Personally, the Slum Fox is my favourite. The expressive nature in which she constructs the forms and works with light and shadow is beyond compare. The details are so intricately crafted, and lend such a whimsical and fantastic quality – right down to the little clotheslines… they absolutely kill me. I wish this piece was still available because I would have bought it up in a heartbeat.

Check out more of her amazing pieces on her website.

Buy from her Etsy shop.

Check out her Deviant Art gallery.

Keep up to date on exhibitions on her blog.

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ImageMary O’Mally has a rare gift for creating porcelain crustaceans that make every day objects seem as if they were pulled out of the ocean after decades of being abandoned in shipwrecks. She currently works out of a barn on the southern shores of Long Island crafting some of the most amazing ceramics I’ve seen in a while. Under the name Bottom Feeders, she’s built up a great body of work that encompasses every form of tableware imaginable, crusted over with intricately crafted marine life.

To see more of her work, see where she will be exhibiting next, or find out more about her, visit her website.

Shop online at her Etsy store.

She also creates custom cremation urns.

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ImageThese three dimensional hyperrealistic sculptures of sea creatures by Keng Lye are mind-blowing. The Singapore-based artist uses acrylics and epoxy resin to render these incredible works of art by first pouring resin into a receptacle, then meticulously painting a layer of acrylic over it, and adding another layer of resin, building up layer after layer until the forms emerge. Much like the process of how a 3-D printer functions, each slice reveals more about the animals he creates, creating this amazing illusion of structural depth.

So are they paintings or are they sculptures, one asks. I guess they could be classified as both. The technique was originally used by a Japanese artist named Riusuke Fukahori, who focuses his creative energies on three dimensional goldfish. In his series “Alive Without Breath”, Lye takes the process an extra step by having the creatures emerge from the surface, creating a greater sense of dynamic perspective. To achieve this, he adds physical pieces that he paints to match the layers below.

I started my first series in 2012 where all the illustrations were “flat” and depth was created using the layering of resin and acrylic over the different parts of the illustration. This year, I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level. After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, I incorporated a 3-D element in this instance, it was a small pebble for the ranchu and octopus. For the turtle, I used an egg shell for the turtle shell and acrylic paint for the rest of the finishing. The whole idea here was to give the art work an even more 3D effect therefore you can have a better view from any angle. I think there are still many other techniques to explore.”

To check out more of his work, visit his gallery.

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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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braun-5-600x450Judith Braun has come a long way since her famous 1994 blue penis installation for the “Bad Girls Show” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York which threw feminists in an uproar. Her evolution began in the 80’s when she was consumed by realism in her paintings, deftly creating gorgeous works that featured translucent skin and heavenly realms. Once she found that her “faith was in art more than angels”, she moved on to a reductionist technique of photocopying her previous paintings and adding text to them, forcing them into a new socio-political context. After dealing with a period of domestic violence, the next step would be to focus on text, and language in particular, with much sexual and racial emphasis, embracing political correctness to the extent that she changed her married name at the time from Weinman to Weinperson.

In 1992, she broke free from her previous works and created a 30 foot tall vagina to sit in a chapel niche at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Entitled “The Sacred Order of the Burning Bush”, it received a positive response from the public, as it wasn’t “in your face” and was only recognizable when seen from a distance. The blue penis followed shortly after, and summoned a new shift in evolution in her life, tearing her away from creating art for a period of time, where she was obligated to work in other fields in order to make ends meet.

In 2003, after feeling that she had lost a large part of herself, she re-evaluated her life at an annual tarot card reading and reconnected with the inner artist. She moved into her studio to save money and immersed herself into finding the right form of personal expression. By drawing on her previous metamorphosis, she re-entered the world of art and exhibition with her “Symmetrical Procedures” drawing project, and began to work in a more tactile format, simply using her fingers and paint. The symmetry and simplicity combine to create some incredibly stunning works. A true inspiration to artists everywhere that proves that no matter who you are or where you are in your life, the spirit of art will always burn bright in your soul, and expression will guide you through your life, and grant it new meaning.

To find out more about Judith Braun, and check out more of her work, visit her website.

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