beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Threaded Masks

    Irish textile artist crochets cultural commentary and mask-making. From monstrous-looking faces to playful distortions, Irish-based artist threadstories explores expression and emotion through masks made of fringe, knots, yarn, and thread. In her latest work, the Irish artist poses in square self-portraits against a grey backdrop — designed to echo the appearance of Instagram shots. Each […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Picasso-Inspired 3D Renderings

    Pakistani digital artist Omar Aquil creates original abstract illustrations. Omar Aqil is a Pakistan-based digital artist who explores timeless themes through digital art. In his latest project titled Character Illustrations, he is experimenting with minimalist, color-packed shapes and forms. Inspired by Picasso’s famous style of portraiture, fun, absurd and expressive faces emerge from digitized versions […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Novelty Action Figures

    Famous Japanese paper artist creates original action figures from inexpensive toys. Tomohiro Yasui, a Japan-based artist, and designer, is best known for creating the famous kami-robo paper figurines and cartoons. Now, his trend-setting and fun-loving imagination is taking on a new medium — handmade action figures! In his new project, Yasui takes wires and cheap […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Vile Transparency

    Portuguese graffiti artist breaks through walls with a signature transparency effect. Street artist Rodrigo Miguel Sepúlveda Nunes, also known as Vile, has been spray painting graffiti art since he was just 14 years old. The now 34-year-old street artist has a unique, raw talent for creating optical illusions that put a literal hole in graffiti-style […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Breaking Point

    Artist Dina Amin breaks down complex consumer electronics. Dina Amin isn’t your average industrial designer. This product engineer who once focused on learning to design and create disposable consumer products now produces artwork to draw attention to the everyday electronics and consumer goods we throw away. Her newest animation series titled What’s Inside is a […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Zip It

    Belgian artist Élodie Antoine crafts anatomical forms from zippers, felt and other textiles. Elodie Antoine has a deep understanding of textile fibers, using them to knit unconventional designs that mimic organic shapes and figures. Using lycra, felt and even zippers, fabric and fibers take the place of tissue to create human-looking organs. “Felt especially is […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Towering Paper Wigs

    Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin create elaborate headdresses from paper. Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin are a creative duo focused on creating contemporary paper sculptures. Their most recent work is an ongoing series of extravagant wigs that illustrate scenes that look like they came from a popup book. From seascapes to elaborate futurism, the towering […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Traveling Terrariums

    Artist Kathleen Vance fills suitcases with brimming landscapes. In her latest series titled Traveling Landscapes, artist Kathleen Vance creates miniature ecosystems within an unusual container — vintage suitcases.   Real soil, artificial foliage and even running water fill the found vessels with intricate green landscapes. The series’ most recent installment titled Spelunker even includes and underground […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Painted Airplane Rides

    Painter Jim Darling depicts aerial scenes from airplane viewports. Los Angeles-based painter Jim Darling continues work on an ongoing project called “Windows” — a series of landscapes that imitate the views from the window-seat of an airplane. From lush, rolling hills to cityscapes and deserts, Darling expands moments of window-framed journeys to include all types […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Painting in Puddles

    Russian artist and photographer digitally modifies wet surfaces with pops of neon color. Digital artist and photographer Slava Semeniuta, also known as VISUAL SCIENTIST, loves to explore color through digital photography. From portraits to landscapes and macrophotography, Semeniuta looks for opportunities to capture color in the real world or digitally modifies photos to create emotional, […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Polar Projections

    Photographer Fabrice Wittner projects Innuit figures into the Northern Lights. French craftsman, digital artist, and photographer Fabrice Wittner has a passion for people and adventure, often capturing portraits of world culture and action shots of extreme sports and travel around the globe. Wittner’s latest work keeps with the theme of capturing the incredible with experimental […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Crystalized Icons

    Sculptor Daniel Arsham recreates iconic sculptures with crystal features! Based out of New York, artist and sculptor Daniel Arsham reimagines some of the most iconic sculptures of the classical world. His most recent series replicates figures like Michelangelo’s Moses with eroded holes filled with “budding” blue crystals. As part of his research for the crystal […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Glass Currents

    Artist Shayna Leib creates flowing glass sculptures inspired by the sea and the wind. The motion of the wind, water, and natural fluid forces are captured by still, intricate glass forms in Shayna Leib’s latest collection of molten glass sculptures. Thousands of hand-made tubes of glass curve and extrude from canvases and sculptures, mimicking the […]

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