Breathtaking Paintings Right Below the Water’s Surface

Californian artist Erika Craig paints extraordinary images of women submerged in water, deep in thought. Though one can only imagine what these pensive ladies are thinking, there is an unmistakable connection between the subjects and their environment. Water has transformative qualities that extends beyond visual distortion. The natural mirror effect of the element forces one to self-reflect.

Craig draws a beautiful link between man and nature in this tranquil underwater series of portraits. She says, “In nature, I see the essence of truth and beauty. As people disconnect from nature, they lose a vital understanding. We become preoccupied with the mundane, obsessed with tiny details of our daily lives, restless and struggling for meaning. Forgetting how small we are and how little we control. How strange it is to even exist.”

Ironically, each of Craig’s underwater paintings exhibit a moment to catch one’s breath and disconnect from vanity. The series presents an astute representation of a meditative trance in which one can simply float, welcoming the ripples and refracted light to redefine your physical image.

Erika Craig website
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December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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