NATURE STUDIES BY JAMIE MILLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jamie Mills is an artist, illustrator, animator and educator currently based in York, U.K. Creating intricately detailed landscapes and wildlife creatures, his work is inspired by L.S Lowry and Brooks Salzwedel. Jamie’s illustrations are beyond two-dimensional flat imagery, but tangible and malleable zines and packages that are cleverly constructed to make the viewer feel drawn in. Leaning towards a style that is naturalistic, his images are very much based on nature, and the explorations and explanation of objects through story telling.

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All hand drawn, his work can be described as intensely mono, a style that has been conceived from the avoidance of computer illustration, opting for a minimalist pencil. A craftsman that is as sentimental about his tools as his craft, Jamie’s illustrations reflect a need for absolute dedication and perseverance, a process that is both tiresome and painstaking, but leads to an unquestionable fulfilment.

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WILDLIFE WOMEN BY ELSA MORA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cuban born and raised artist Elsa Mora is a multidisciplinary artist who creates by painting, drawing, sculpting, porcelain, book making and jewelry design. Growing up poor taught her a series of important lessons that she will always treasure. She learned that the most precious possession that you have is your mind. She also learned that creativity and imagination could solve any problem, whether it’s a material problem or an emotional one.

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Mora pulls from elements of the natural world to illustrate intimate journeys of personal evolution and transformation. Her paintings of female figures with root limbs, bird heads, and other human/nature hybrids are all at once entrancing, surreal, and provocative.

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WILD PORCELAIN BUSTS BY JULIETTE CLOVIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Influenced in her earlier works by Pop Art and more recently by contemporary photography, French plastic artist Juliette Clovis produces hybrid works that merge nature, history, and myth with the female form, covering porcelain busts in wildlife, flora, and spikes.

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Her additions are either painted on or applied to mask the face, obscuring features like abnormal growths. She draws inspiration from a combination of mythological, historic and religious references as well as other ethnic codes to produce her feminine creations. These ambiguous females question the power that is split between humans and nature, toeing a line between being gentle and unnerving.

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RICH WILDLIFE BY EGENE KOO

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korea based artist Egene Koo‘s illustrations and detailed oil paintings with an unusual combination of elements that is both dreamy and unsettling.

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Many of her paintings started from old stories like ‘fairy tales’. Basically, she’s interested in the connection between the past and the present. When she meets some appealing scenes from old stories, she feels like they lead her to listen carefully and find something inside. Koo thinks that working with old stories is rather like discovery or excavation. In this sense, her paintings become a reinterpretation of stories; most of the chosen stories are connected with her own interest in human mentality.

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SHELL SCULPTURES BY ROWAN MERSH

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based artist Rowan Mersh assembles dense rolling surfaces comprised of thousands of seashells, tiny solid objects that now appear like fluid waves. Mimicking the natural geometric patterns found in life, the artist uses responsibly sourced shells like windowpane oyster discs or duplicata shells that are tightly arranged in a labor-intensive process, one piece at a time. The shell artworks are just a small portion of Mersh’s artist practice that also spans fashion design, textile sculptures, and interactive installations.

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HUMAN NATURE CONUNDRUM BY MADELINE VON FOERSTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Madeline von Foerster uses a five century-old mixed technique of oil and egg tempera, developed by the Flemish Renaissance Masters. Although linked stylistically to the past, her paintings are passionately relevant to the present, as such timely themes as deforestation, endangered species, and war find expression in her work.

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A QUEST TOWARDS LOVE BY DEEDEE CHERIEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Deedee Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s. Born in Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19. Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.

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Now residing in Los Angeles, Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.

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FUTURISTIC NATURE BY LOW BROS

by Ariadna Zierold

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The Low Bros is an artist duo, which is made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt – formerly active as graffiti writers Qbrk and Nerd. Their work most often centers around stylized animal characters with human features, and addresses graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped the artists’ youth in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The use of contemporary methods gives thematic glimpses into the future. The protagonists of their work embody codes and attitudes of city life, which are in contrast to the natural purity of the animal and nature motifs, also integral to their work. This tension drawn from the ambivalence between urbanity and nature gives rise to a whole Low Bros universe.

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Making Waves | PIERRE CARREAU

Photographer, Pierre Carreau’s AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau’s images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique.  One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore.

Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, “transfer the waves’ energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light.”

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (8)

Photographer, Pierre Carreau's AquaViva series effortlessly carries the range of the human condition in wave-like forms. Carreau's images of waves, each distinct from the other, captures a flash in time that is often unseen by the human eye. Carreau suspends each wave to expose its life, feeling and purpose, similar to the expression of emotional states in humans, such that feelings are universal, but the expression through an individual is what makes the experience unique. One cannot help but feel the formlessness of the bountiful ocean and its kinetic energy thrusting to shore. Carreau describes the goal of his work is to, "transfer the waves' energy to those who view them. Water is amazing, it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light." Via news.upperplayground.com (9)

MYSTERIOUS ARTWORK BY CELI LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Illustrator and designer Celi Lee works primarily as a motion-graphic designer, but she has always been attracted to print and patterns. Born in Beijing, and a graduate from University for the Creative Arts, she now lives and works in London, where she has undertaken a variety of projects from art-based briefs to commercial website design.

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Her drawings are all created with graphite on paper, but Lee also likes to work with different techniques and mediums. She often uses a mix of traditional and digital techniques. Her narrative artworks have a strong connection to nature and different things around her. She combines these influences with a surreal touch of unknown or fictional worlds.

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