“A Soft Journey Through Rigid Terrain” by Artist L. Hensens

An ongoing series of paintings considering queer bodies and their intersections with the land by Portland-based artist L. Hensens. The large scale works reflect Hensens’ personal experiences and the various landscapes they’ve walked. Placing the viewer within these visceral perspectives, the paintings give agency to the landscape, conveying a sense of terror and at other times tenderness. In this way, Hensens explores the resilience of natural forces and the potential animism that exists and extends beyond human knowledge. See more images from “A Soft Journey Through Rigid Terrain” below! Source…

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“El Agua Escondida” by Photographer Luis Manuel Diaz

New York-based photographer Luis Manuel Diaz returns to his birthplace of Michoacán, Mexico, for his ongoing series, “El Agua Escondida (Hidden Water).” Exploring the effects of migration on the rural Mexican landscape through a familial lens, Diaz observes his grandparents within the context of their community, making photographs that speak to issues of misrepresentation, imbalance of power, and systemic erasure of migrants and their families.  “Through this work, I document landscapes that hold my family history; a history of decades of manual labor,” he explains. “I also explore the domestic…

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Bold Animal Portraits Emerge from Ornamental Backdrops in YoAz’s Digital Illustrations

 Illustration #animals #digital #pattern #portraits February 4, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © YoAz, shared with permission In YoAz’s Ornamental Animals, vibrant portraits of lions, gorillas, and other large mammals pop out of an expanse of decorative flourishes. The new series utilizes an ornate motif that’s consistent throughout each piece, with the faces of each creature delineated by saturated tones that contrast the otherwise pastel backdrop. The Paris-based illustrator and graphic designer shares that for the digital portraits, he focuses on three colors that vary in shade, using one…

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Endangered Flora and Fauna Are Recreated in Textured Paper Sculptures by Mlle Hipolyte

 Craft #birds #climate change #coral #flowers #miniature #paper #sculpture February 4, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Mlle Hipolyte, shared with permission From her studio in Lyon, Mlle Hipolyte scores, crimps, and fringes bits of paper that become sculptural interpretations of endangered species. She undertakes a rigorous research process that’s comparable to that of a botanist or zoologist before starting a piece and largely is concerned with the effects of the climate crisis on plants and animals. This realistic approach bases her practice in both preservation and celebration as…

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Fantastical Atmospheres Are Rendered with Dark Impasto Strokes in Digital Paintings by RHADS

 Art #digital #impasto #surreal February 4, 2021 Grace Ebert “Continuation of the Dream.” All images © Artem Chebokha, shared with permission Impasto strokes in deep shades of blue and gray form the volatile environments that backdrop Artem Chebokha’s sureal works. The Saint Petersburg-based artist, who uses the moniker RHADS, mimics the texture of oil paint in his digital pieces. Situated within heavy clouds and pockets of lightning, elements of unusual scale, like minuscule airplanes or an oversized octopus, create otherworldly atmospheres filled with unpredictable weather and open expanses. Prints…

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