For Desirée De León, it really is the little things that matter most. The artist takes tiny and typically inconsequential everyday items and integrates them into original ink drawings, drawing delight and surprise from what’s familiar and overlooked.
Many of her materials are sourced from the cupboard or refrigerator, like crystals of pink salt, clementine slices, goji berries, and garlic cloves. Others are found in nature, like wood chips, leaves, and petals. No grain of cous-cous nor crayon top is too small to play its part in her whimsical world, which she shares daily on Instagram for her #100daysoftinythings project.
A PhD student in neuroscience, De León says she is “inspired by the complexities of the brain and the possibilities of a blank canvas.” It seems the possibilities are, indeed, endless—she started back in March 2015, and she’s still going, whether re-imagining Marge Simpson’s trademark hairdo or transforming shells to swirls of ice cream.
All images via Desirée De León.