Surreal Depictions of Human Nature Versus the Universe

Ireland-based Polish painter Tomasz Alen Kopera uses basic oils and acrylics on canvas to envelop his audience into an otherworldly realm where the surreal prevails. Like the works of Tomek Setowski, Kopera employs themes of “magical surrealism” in his paintings, though there’s more of an unspoken somber tone to many of his works that are evident through his subjects’ expressions and the melancholic tones.

The artist works with the human body and incorporates it into nature, often depicting a crumbling form amidst a foggy landscape. Kopera says his inspirations are derived from “human nature and the mysteries of the Universe.” A darkness presents itself in the body of his work that seems to illustrate a dichotomous amalgamation and struggle between man and nature. There is a similar battle between the darkness and the light, though it’s unclear which side is which and who the ultimate victor is in the end. Through his series of surreally engrossing paintings, Kopera seeks to affect perception and prompt a thoughtful discussion about the interpretation of his works.

Tomasz Alen Kopera website
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January 19, 2017

Adorable Red Panda Cub Can’t Stop Hugging Toy That Looks Just Like Her

As if Maiya—a recovering red panda cub living at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia—wasn’t already completely adorable, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2-month-old has recently been photographed with a cuddly new companion: a same-species stuffed animal. In November, Amala, a beloved red panda at the zoo, gave birth to Maiya. At first, the little one was happy and healthy. Not long ago, however, she was traumatically injured while being carried in her mother’s mouth.

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