Slovakian artist Katarina Pridavkova describes herself as a ‘surrealist painter and sculptor’. Using a combination of found materials, cardboard, paper, metal and ceramics she is fast becoming known for creating fantastical streetscapes.
Living and studying in Spain led to Pridavkova building an imaginary mini-city, inspired by the streets of Mallorca, a caricature of the city. Her thesis project, Grow Up, was meant to invite people into her imaginary world. I accept her invitation. . .I would love to jump into the streets and live there for awhile. . .
Katarina Pridavkova doesn’t have a website, but you can follow her on Instagram
. Lots and lots of process shots, sketches, and different views of these charming streets. Looks like a few of the artist’s houses and paintings are for sale here
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Brian Somerville sculpts beasts that tell stories. Somerville builds the beasts on crude armatures, eventually cutting up the solid forms, then hollowing them out and reassembling the creatures. He spends weeks (sometimes months!) carving the intricate patterns that cover each piece.
Shell-shocked, ceramic, mixed media
“Get your shelled ass moving!” barked the wild hare to its ride. As the tortoise slowed its pace and raced on till it died.
Barnstormer, ceramic, mixed media
It flew with wings of bolts and bones above the fog from coal. It saw the sky was falling down and did not tell a soul.
The Patriarch, ceramic, metal, wood, foam and epoxy
Respect the roots that hold your ground before your good name’s gone. Civilized versus savagery depends which side you’re on.
The Patriarch, detail
“The antics of my unpolished herd reflect our society in ways that are uncomfortably familiar. Remembering hard life lessons that were buried in childhood memories, re-evaluating our priorities as adults and even questioning our own mortality can all be realized through eye contact with a beast.”
Brian Somerville’s website
See 45 process photos of Barnstormer here and dozens more process shots from his workshops and lectures here.
Hijiri Yahagi’s series of life-sized ceramic figure puppets boast cracked surfaces symbolizing the hardships of this life journey.
Ceramic, Wood, Rope, Steel, Copper, Brass
Yahagi explores the human experience of carrying physical and emotional scars – how they help make us who we are.
According to the artist, the puppet strings are metaphors for both the connections and restraints of our world.
Beautiful. Haunting. Thought Provoking.
Hijiri Yahagi’s website