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Miniature dioramas in makeup compacts and coin purses by Kendal Murray

I like how artist Kendal Murray uses compact mirrors and coin purses as the foundation for building miniature dioramas. A jogger leading a herd of sheep across the grassy fields on top of a coin purse. A family outing at the beach inside an open makeup compact. Each piece tells a story . . . → Read More: Miniature dioramas in makeup compacts and coin purses by Kendal Murray

Public installations of paper-cut art by Xin Song

Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

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Abstract collages by Emily Gherard

I like the movement and energy of these collages by Seattle based artist Emily Gherard.

Primarily a painter, Gerhard writes that her work “explores the idea that painting and drawing have the ability to present inanimate objects in ways that allow the viewer to empathize with them.”

See much more of the artist’s work . . . → Read More: Abstract collages by Emily Gherard

Watercolor studies of heads and figures by Maximillian Quy

Watercolor studies of heads and figures by Auckland, New Zealand based artist Maximillian Quy. Scrupulously applied layers with a spontaneous sketch-like approach, Quy captures the essence of the watercolor medium.

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

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Photographic portraits of farm animals by Rob MacInnis

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 . . . → Read More: Photographic portraits of farm animals by Rob MacInnis

Figurative ceramic sculptures of humans encased in animals by Crystal Morey

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: . . . → Read More: Figurative ceramic sculptures of humans encased in animals by Crystal Morey

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

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, . . . → Read More: Gigantic moth and butterfly sculptures created by embellished embroidered textiles by Yumi Okita

Street photography of San Francisco by Troy Holden

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: . . . → Read More: Street photography of San Francisco by Troy Holden

Owls in Chinese style paintings by Huang Yongyu

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

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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