Aganetha Dyck is a Canadian artist who has a long-standing interest in bees. She has even conducted a research on the global ramifications of the disappearance of bees due to the colony collapse disorder. Through the years, Aganetha has created numerous bee-assisted sculptures using specially designed apiaries and figurines, sports equipment, shoes, and other unexpected objects. CathiWherry, a curator commented on Aganetha’s work. She said: “They remind us that we and our constructions are temporary in relation to the lifespan of earth and the processes of nature. This raises ideas about our shared vulnerability, while at the same time elevating the ordinariness of our humanity.”
Diana Beltran Herrera has studied design, experimental painting, and ceramic sculpture. She is originally from Colombia but moved to Finland, and then Bristol for her art studies. Her most recent series feature birds made out of carefully cut and arranged pieces of paper. Some of Diana’s subjects are caught in mid-flight while others are carefully posed on perches. According to one website, she ‘…seeks to explore the chillingly disengaged relationship between humans and nature in modern society. Using paper as her primary medium she is able to present notions of temporality and change, emphasizing the process of transformation that continuously occur in nature as well as mankind.’ Diana is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Fine Arts over at the University of West England.
Brick sculptures are nothing new. They date back to ancient Babylon. Even so, they remain relevant in these modern times since they’re fairly durable, low maintenance, and can be incorporated into any brick building. Brad Spencer is a North Carolina-based sculptor who specializes in carving children into freestanding brick walls. His work takes a little getting used to, but once you realize that the children growing out of the brick wall isn’t about to detach themselves and chase after you, you can really start appreciating Brad’s work.
Haroshi is a self taught sculptor and skateboarder currently based in Japan. One of his more recent series combine both of his passions: skateboards and sculptures.The unusual appearance of his sculptures are because of the composition of skateboards he uses. The layers of wood create a colorfully variegated design. Most of the skateboards he uses are his own, but he wouldn’t say no to a few donations as well. According to his website: “His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.”
Jodi Harvey-Brown is the talented artist behind these awesome pop-up paper sculptures. It all started when she bought a box of used books at a second-hand shop, after experimentally folding a page to create one of the characters in the stories, she was hooked. She said: “The books that we love to read should be made to come to life. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see.”. To make her pieces last longer, a layer of protective coating is applied to her creations for waterproofing and to prevent yellowing.
Wires are also incorporated into some of the structures for strength and stability.
Joe Mangrum has spent the last eight years scattering sand around the streets of New York. No, he’s not a litterbug, he’s a sand artist. He draws intricate geometric shapes by hand using brightly colored sand. Sand being sand, his works last a day at most, less if it’s windy or if it rains. His installations strongly resemble Buddhist mandalas but the unexpected mix of geometry and biological elements give it a unique look. Joe said that his ‘paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world’.
Baku Maeda is the imaginative artist behind Ribbonesia. It all started when he took note of the the gross under-appreciation of the beauty and simplicity of ribbons and decided to do something about it. Combining artistry and his love of animals, Maeda created an entire menagerie out of folded ribbons. Pretty soon, his work expanded into nature-themed masks, headdresses, and designs. Maeda is currently based in Sapporo, Japan.
Evelyn Bracklow is the artist responsible for the army of ants crawling all over this delicate porcelain tea set. She hand-painted them herself. She calls it “Chitins Gloss”. Evelyn summed it up pretty well when she said: “Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.”
Benjamin Shine is a gifted British artist and sculptor who expresses his creativity using one of the most unlikely mediums – tulle fabric. He crafts images out of tool fabric using nothing more than a hot iron and his imagination. Benjamin has done quite a full abstract designs as well as full celebrity portraits. In an interview, here is what he said of his work: “The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”
James Doran-Webb is the artist behind these amazingly life-like horse sculptures. Each horse is made up of roughly four hundred separate pieces of painstakingly collected driftwood, weighs around five hundred kilos, and has a stainless steel frame which enables it to support up to five persons on its back. They also have a moveable neck and limbs which allows the artist to position them in life-like poses. The sculptures were commissioned to herald the coming of the Year of the Wooden Horse in Singapore. Originally from Birmingham, James is currently based in Cebu City, Philippines where he has set up a company which makes and designs export-quality wooden objects. James is also an environmentalist and for each kilo of driftwood that he buys from the locals, he plants a seedling in the denuded hills of Cebu.