New York based Meryl Smith’s art is highly processed oriented, using only meticulous and painstaking art making techniques combined with unconventional materials to create fantastical sculptures and collages that celebrate the beauty of animals and nature.
Marta Zafra currently works as a freelance illustrator and artist. Her work delicately covers a panorama of varied subject and content. The chosen treatment for her illustrations exhibits a careful solid base in draughtsmanship combined acutely with a subtle intuition for color, mixed both by hand and digitally. Her interest in figuration lies in the detailed depiction of the quotidian through personalized notions of family and the familiar. Whether it be botanical illustrations or the portrayal of animals and people, her decisions for each composition are strangely unique and precise. The familiar is often transformed into the bizarre, the past is often revisited and the real is made unreal.
Kaitlyn Jo Smith is an artist, adventurer and content creator who is currently living and working in Tucson, Arizona, where she is pursuing her MFA in photography at the University of Arizona. Smith received her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. Her art often includes found imagery and objects containing themes of nostalgia and a strong longing for home.
Made with the physical earth, each mud print calls into question the meaning of home. Kaitlyn creates a sense of uncommon sentimentality through simultaneously preserving and erasing histories. The photograph allows the viewer to enter the property but never the home.
London based Will Drayson is an illustrator and artist from Yorkshire, England. He’s interested in vivid color and exploring the mysticism of the natural world. Drayson combines his love of psychedelic art with his fascination in the healing power of plants.
Elizabeth Huey‘s paintings explore human connection and healing. Central to Huey’s practice is an engagement with passion and delirium and our society’s extraordinary attempts to create or cure these conditions. Her figures are often immersed in scenes of rehabilitation and recreation.
Huey draws imagery from her own photographs as well as an ever expanding collection of found photos, googled snapshots and historical research to delve into the complexities of her subjects. One gets the sense that myriad forces – from nature and architecture, to culture and history – are at work in the minds of each protagonist. The surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts in Huey’s work support a hypnagogic sense of seeing things from the inside out. By bringing together these disparate players in the worlds of her paintings, she creates dynamics, both visual and psychological, that are altogether new.
The work of Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor finds majesty in the abject and monumentality in the discarded. Remnants of bedclothes, blankets, pillows, couch cushions and knit Afghans gathered and donated from thrift stores and yard sales are cut, re-sewn, wrapped, roped, tied and built into objects that seem to be simultaneously shrouded yet exposed, patched back together but disintegrating, the comfortable rendered uncomfortable.
Existing somewhere on a spectrum between elegy and absurdity, the work examines a setting where cautionary tales, private anxieties and natural history museum dioramas mash-up and attempts to close the gap between tenderness and the grotesque.
Hvass&Hannibal is a multi-disciplinary arts and design studio based in Copenhagen. Since 2006, its founders, Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Hannibal have worked in close collaborative partnership with illustrative and conceptual design in a number of different fields for numerous clients in Europe, Asia and the US. Whether in the digital realm or on a three-dimensional scale, the studio takes projects from esoteric illustrative beginnings to a full art direction and graphic design solution, all in-house.