SANDRA YAGI EXPLORES THE HUMAN PSYCHE

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based Sandra Yagi, whose art examines the human psyche,  is influenced by nature and science, all done with classical aesthetics.

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Contemporary culture, human folly and an obsessive curiosity for the macabre provide the fuel for Yagi’s subject matter. Her work is inspired by the natural sciences as well as by the classical drawing techniques of the old masters, including anatomical studies by artists such as Andreas Vesalius and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. Yagi’s recent paintings incorporate anatomical imagery to explore the human psychological condition, such as cutaway skulls portraying our basic human drives and the thin veneer of humanity overlaying our animal nature.

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AMERICAN WILDERNESS BY LAUREN MARX

by Ariadna Zierold

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St. Louis-based artist Lauren Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Rather than a cleaned-up version of nature, her paintings give us raw depictions of birth and death. Influenced my scientific illustrations and the Baroque period alike, Marx’s maximalist mixed-media works present these cyclical phenomena in visually appealing ways, often fusing the chaotic elements of nature into stylized compositions with an emphasis on design.

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Lauren’s goal in creating her illustrations is that a symbolic representation allows the viewer to see phenomena as a complete picture. A picture of an interacting universe filled to the brim with animals, plants, fungi, and insects. Using these organisms, she makes her own mythologies of nature and the Cosmos to better illustrate how humans attempt to understand the epic intricacies and mysteries of the Universe.

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A BIOLOGIST’S DREAM BY ANAMARIETTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Houston, Texas based Ana María, “Anamarietta” was born and raised in Barranquitas, an agricultural town in the center of the Island of Puerto Rico. Ana studied Animal Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and graduated in 2005. Known by the local art scene for her Humanoid creatures, Ana’s work has been recognized in multiple cities for the subtle brush stroke and shading of characters that seemed to be taken from a dream of a Biologist with excessive imagination.

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Biological Introspection | LEXI AMES

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames.

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com