California-based digital artist and photographer Michael Oswald, better known as MichaelO, transforms photos of women into sensual sci-fi fantasies. Using his expertise in graphic design and general artistic skills, the artist takes photos of models and then reworks the images to reflect a new scene. His work combines the utilization of photo manipulation through editing tools like Photoshop mixed with digital painting.
It’s always fascinating to see what new elements a creative mind can conjure up from an already produced art form. MichaelO’s series of works featuring female androids called AmalgaMATE, which is created by his master manipulation of photographs of real women, is especially alluring. Getting to see his final product as a scantily clad automaton, marionette, or some other sort of otherwise inanimate object in a sexualized form is both eerie and intriguing. Something about robots, especially those designed to look so closely to the human form, has always piqued my interest while simultaneously managed to creep me out.