“Like going to war.” This is how one of the wrestlers in photographer Ken Hermann and art director Gem Fletcher‘s project Bökh, describes Mongolian wrestling. Shot in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, the resulting portraits and short film pay respect to this ancient tradition. It’s a tradition that is still very much alive in the nomadic communities that account for 30% of the country’s population.
Born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, artist Solongo Mellecker developed a very unique style. Integrating Mongolian and Tibetan traditional art with Western pop culture, she creates fantastical settings, inspired by folk tales and imagination.
“As a little girl, I loved to draw and paint whenever I got the chance,” she says. “Born in Mongolia, I was lucky to grow up in between beautiful mountains, wide steppes, and the Gobi desert.”
Solongo moved to the United States to pursue her career as an illustrator and is currently enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Her favorite mediums to work with are watercolor, acrylic, color pencil, graphite, and gouache.