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DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURES BY NAGATO IWASAKI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nagato Iwasaki’s lifelike driftwood sculptures are perfect examples of the uncanny valley — the feelings of revulsion and uneasiness one experiences from non-human objects that appear a bit too similar to real human beings. The Japanese artist’s talents in composing posture and grace creates an eerily humanistic quality in the works, set apart from the rigid figurative pieces of his contemporaries.

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MULTI FEMMES BY NOMI CHI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nomi Chi is a tattooer and visual artist currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a BFA in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and she is a resident tattooer at Gastown Tattoo Parlour.

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Images produced within their painting and drawing practices display a heightened sense of emotive drama, often composing animal and human figures, in varying degrees of fictitious construction, as stand-ins for personal experiences and observations on human nature. Their current focus takes interest in power relations and ontological distinctions between individuals, and between the individual/environment. Multi-breasted, multi-limbed, femme-bodied creatures and figures populate the worlds they create, with the intention of—among other things—calling to question notions of femininity, and by proxy gender as a whole. Interactions between these figures signify Chi’s interests in depicting sexuality, ritual, and the search for identity.

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CHAIN OF EVENTS BY ARCHAN NAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Archan Nair is a self- taught visual artist, illustrator and Digital Artist, specializing in mixed media, illustration, and digital art. His visual expressions are part of a journey which is really influenced by the mysteries of our existence and how every action, emotion, and our interconnectedness in a universal scale sets of a chain of reactions which we experience from the micro to the macro scale.

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PORTRAITURE SCULPTURES BY CARLOS TARDEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Carlos Tardez has a ability for portraiture throughout two- and third-dimensional bureaucracy. Yet, it’s in his sculptures that the surreal nature of his works becomes visceral, whether evoking laughter, intrigue, or both. Those small figures are regularly paired with normal-sized, discovered items. Those interactions create peculiar narratives.

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