19-Year-Old Mixes Photos and Paints Into Beautiful Narratives

19-year-old artist Aliza Razell creates beautiful narratives in her mixed-media photographs by combining self-portraits with splashes of color to produce strange and mystifying images that cannot fully be explained. The beautifully thoughtful moments seem perfectly planned out so that the components can be naturally blend together into meaningful stories.

Razell manipulates each image so that the various photo and paint elements interact in unexpected ways. As a result, the dull, monochromatic backgrounds become alive with vibrant watercolors splattered across the photographs. The images are part of two ongoing series, Anesidora (top four), which is inspired by the myth of Pandora’s Jar (which the artist explains is “jar,” not “box” because since the 1400s it’s been mistranslated into Latin and then English as a box). And, the second series (bottom four) is inspired by the Finnish word “ikv,” which means the feeling of missing someone/-thing.

Aliza Razell on Flickr
via [Colossal]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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