Minas Halaj / Floral Minds

 

Feeling very inspired by artist Minas Halaj‘s Floral Minds series, which he explains so well below.

“The concept of beauty is a burdened one. We are living in a society that fears its adoration in contemporary art, yet intimidates its women into accepting it as their highest value. We have degraded it in mass media and the celebrity yet revere it above all other qualities of life. Beauty is a double edged sword an instrument of seduction and inaccessibility burdened sword an overwhelming distrust in the simple sensation of pleasure.”

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Habitat Legit AKA Colin Quest

 

Habitat Legit, aka Colin Quest, is a digital collage artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He draws inspiration from the architecture and desert landscapes of Palm Springs then pairs them with the bold color palettes of Mexico. Photos of different textured walls and flora are deconstructed and manipulated digitally to produce his desert fresh collages.

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Gala Bent

 

Gala Bent is a Seattle-based drawing-centric painter who also dabbles in installations, animations, and collaborations. The series partially seen here – Particle Playlist – is probably my favorite in her portfolio, I love how each piece stands strong on its own but also adds to the group as a whole.

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Karin Miller

 

Cape Town-based Karin Miller‘s collages showcase inspiration from Medieval tapestries, the dichotomies of beauty and tragedy, and dinner table taboos. She uses her work to speak about social, political, and historical issues, but that’s not to say Miller’s work is without humor – you just have to know where to look.

“I love the fact that I can take items out of context and place them wherever I want, because life is a collaboration of different points of view; and I get nervous when people start believing things only from one side, their side.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Anna Carey / In Search of Rainbows

 

At first look you might assume that these images by Australian artist Anna Carey were different rooms in an installation or maybe just a monochromatic house remodel, but you would be wrong because her work overlaps photography, model-making, film, and drawing. This spectrum study – In Search of Rainbows – feels especially appropriate following Pride, seven rooms recreated in miniature from rooms Carey found from properties on Google maps.

Through memory and imagination, she creates fictive architectural spaces based on familiar iconic architecture which she photographs. The camera lens magnifies the model with all its imperfections and reminds the viewer that the photograph has been constructed with a miniature materialized object. This aims to reawaken imaginations for the viewer by creating a space of stillness and reflection for one to drift between reality and daydreams – for rediscovering the universe that is inside ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linden Eller

 

Linden Eller combines found fragments and personal elements to create floating abstract shapes sewn together with thread on paper. Themes of memory, its process, and layers of recollection are a central theme in her work, conveyed through the use of pale colors and tracing paper to create a hazy environment. Linden also communicates the melancholy in unresolved matters, like her brother’s autism, or natural losses.

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Emily Filler

 

Late spring comes in second only to autumn as a favorite time of year, and Emily Filler‘s paintings and mixed media art drops me smack-dab in the middle of a spring garden. Paint on paper, silkscreening, and paper collage all work together to create some magic chemistry that feels just right for early June.

 

 

 

 

 

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Adam Hale

 

London-based collage artist and animator Adam Hale, aka Mr. Splice, creates his art by clipping and cutting bits and pieces from free magazines. Hale favors plain paper backgrounds, simple image combinations, and some occasional help from digital technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanda Anderlon

 

Croatian artist Sanda Anderlon‘s collages don’t ask, they demand to be looked at closer. There’s an entire world waiting to be discovered in each of her large scale pieces! I implore you to check out her entire portfolio, closeups included, you won’t be disappointed.

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Odeta Xheka

 

Odeta Xheka divides the art she creates into three categories: beautiful and brash abstracts, gorgeous and gutsy photographed collages, and children’s art that is as real as it is surreal. She aims to achieve not only creativity, but emotion and humanity with each piece. These are all photographed collages that are full of color and texture and perspective, light and shadow and reflection.

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