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Photographic portraits of farm animals by Rob MacInnis

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Farm animals are the step-children of the animal kingdom. Rarely seen and underappreciated, they toil away their lives for our consumption. Through this moving series of photographic portraits, photographer Rob MacInnis hopes to elevate the status of these humble creatures. MacInnis said, “I began photographing farm animals because I was interested in using them as a metaphor for the fashion model. I wanted to draw parallels between literally consuming them, which we do everyday, and the way the photograph ‘consumes’ its subject.

Using a medium-format Hasselblad camera, MacInnis photographs his subjects under soft dreamy lighting like that used in fashion spreads. “I take the conventions from the fashion world and apply them to the underclass barnyard animal,” explained MacInnis.

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Figurative ceramic sculptures of humans encased in animals by Crystal Morey

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Oakland, California based artist Crystal Morey uses clay to build figurative sculptures of humans encased in animals. Using animals which are either extinct or endangered, Morey’s work makes a statement about the effects of human civilization on animals, as well as the dependencies between different species.

In her artist’s statement, Morey writes: “I am interested in how human advancements in technology, agriculture, and urbanization have imposed stress on natural ecosystems and the species that live within them. Through my sculptures I try to humanize these ideas and present them in a way that is accessible, interesting, and conversation provoking. I hope that the viewer comes away from my work thinking and asking questions about our role as humans on the earth and our relationship to other living beings. I hope to raise awareness of these urgent issues while also showing our humanity, ingenuity, and ability to be flexible and innovate as species.”

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Gigantic moth and butterfly sculptures created by embellished embroidered textiles by Yumi Okita

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Raleigh, North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita creates enormous textile sculptures of insects, some measuring nearly a foot wide. Using applique and embroidery techniques, Okita embellishes pieces of fabric to form the wings, bodies and faces of flying anthropods like moths and butterflies. Materials used include fabric, fake fur, fabric paint, embroidery thread, wire, and feathers.

See more of the artist’s work here.

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Street photography of San Francisco by Troy Holden

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Photographer Troy Holden captures San Francisco from the point-of-view of someone who sees it on a daily basis. The bleak weather, the plight of those living on the fringes, the everyday sojourns through the city streets.

In an interview with EmotionDaily, Holden says: “I prefer the definition of flâneur as it relates to photography: a person who walks the streets of a city in order to capture its essence. My photos are casual snapshots in that regard.”

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Owls in Chinese style paintings by Huang Yongyu

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Suspicious. Insolent. Wistful. Chinese artist Huang Yongyu captures all these varied stances of owls in his ink paintings. I like Huang’s bold take on traditional Chinese painting.

See more of the artist’s work here.

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Book art by Lynn Skordal

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Washington state based artist Lynn Skordal excavated an antique book to create an interior filled with faces cut from vintage photographs. I love the effect of the multitude of heads mounted on pins inside the book.

See more of Skordal’s work on her website.

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Mixed-media works by Harold Hollingsworth

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I like the way Seattle-based artist Harold Hollingsworth juxtaposes different stylistic elements: thick with thin lines, typographic forms with organic shapes, black/white with color.

About his process, Hollingsworth writes: “I’ve been focusing on being loose with some sketchbook activities to start each day here in the studio, and as simple as that has been, like stretching before exercising, I’d forgotten to do that in the last few years as well. The net result is that I’m trusting my hand, and arms more. I found that with as much as I will analyze and plot, that the simple act of knowledge bound in movement can give you a satisfying result had been that reach that I could not seem to make.

See more of the artist’s work on his flickr site.

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Ceramics by Giselle Hicks

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Montana based artist Giselle Hicks creates ceramic items which evoke the spirit of domesticity and romanticism. A bouquet of tulips. Flowers overflowing from a vase. A tabletop etched with floral motifs and covered with ceramic folded napkins.

From Hicks’ website: “My work investigates the sites within a domestic space that are routinely and ritually inhabited, particularly the bed/bedroom and table/dining room. For me, the bed and table personify human relationships. Their design and function determines our proximity to one another affecting our actions and interactions. I imagine their surfaces as absorbent, retaining traces of our presence and our histories. This work is an abstraction of the expansive and complex life experiences that take place across surfaces of these sights within the home.

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Paintings by Yoshiko Fukushima

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Paintings by Kyoto City based artist Yoshiko Fukushima. I like how she portrays the interactions between her ghostly subjects.

See more of Fukushima’s work on her tumblr site.

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Sketchbook inspiration: Stella Im Hultberg

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Today’s inspiration is the sketchbook of Brooklyn-based artist Stella Im Hultberg.

See a previous post of her work here - Faces of Stella Im Hultberg.”

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