Jess Riva Cooper / Viral Series

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Toronto-based Jess Riva Cooper is a mega talented sculptor who loves to incorporate color and illustration into her pieces. Flora entangle themselves around busts in her Viral Series, II, and III, taking over the human body in an almost parasitic way.

I study the foundation myths of the Dybbuk in Yiddish folklore and reinterpret these traditional stories through a female lens. I also investigate fallen economic and environmental climates in cities where houses have become feral, disappearing behind ivy, trees and Kudzu vines that were planted generations ago. I see a direct parallel between my interest in insidious plant life and a malevolent Dybbuk spirit, which takes over the human body.

 

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Dan Lam

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Want. To. Touch.

Dan Lam‘s sculptures are so otherworldly and organic that it’s difficult to not want to reach out and touch them with your own fingertips. The magic comes from polyurethane foam, resin, and acrylic on wood panel, but I think the real answer is Mars.

 

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Lorien Stern

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Colorful, fun, and full of personality. Anyone who creates art with those descriptors most likely embodies them, and I think California artist Lorien Stern most definitely does. I’m partial to the colorful shark heads! Check out her shop here.

 

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Valerie Hammond

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I think we can all agree that Valerie Hammond‘s wax sculptures are creepy and so freaking awesome. Working with wax, silk, and wire, she manipulates each delicate material to create these mildly disturbing results. Please don’t stop, Valerie. Please don’t stop.

 

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Bubblegraphy

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Bubblegraphy is a series of vases that can’t help but capture your attention. Studio Oddness, a collaboration between Thomas van der Sman and Adrianus Kundert, has created a special process to blow bubbles into the glaze. The end result looks three dimensional and makes each and every vase 100% unique.

 

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Larry Mantello

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Larry Mantello creates some of the most amazing pop culture-based art I’ve seen yet. Using everything from plush Garfields to Rolling Stone air fresheners to entire packaging displays, Mantello pieces together little bits of the 1980s that all but take me back in time.

 

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PINCH

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I’m currently sipping some green tea as I type, and I’m wishing it were out of this PINCH cup and saucer instead of a mug I’ve owned since college. Inspired by ancient clay oil lamps, this matte porcelain beauty excels at elevating a mundane experience.

 

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Christina A. West

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There’s much to love about Christina A. West‘s sculpted busts. The realism she employs, the unexpected color, and the creativity of marring something some might consider perfect as is. My favorite, however, is imagining that we all look like a broken open jawbreaker on the inside.

 

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