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Miniaturized Landscapes by Jorge Mayet Appear to Float in Mid-Air

Artist Jorge Mayet sculpts miniature landscapes that look like they're islands floating in an infinite abyss. The small works, which appear against white gallery walls, create the illusion that they've splintered from the ground. Their roots and soil are exposed beneath luscious green grass and tiny homes. While these scenes appear peaceful, some of Mayet's other artworks aren't as tranquil. They explode in mid-air as bits of debris hover in the sky. Green painted sponges, paper mache, wire, and cloth all form these minuscule worlds.

Separation, destruction, and isolation – on the surface, these themes don't seem particularly optimistic. But in a recent exhibition at Galeria Inox in Rio de Janiero, Mayet explains that these sculptures aren't supposed to have negative connotations. Instead, this blast or separation causes things to spread and reach other points. It allows them expand their horizons and travel to new places.

Like his work, Mayet left his native Cuba 22 years ago to explore the world, and he landed in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The sculptures seem to be a metaphor for his vibrant homeland. And wherever he is, his roots are always with him.

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via [JedaVu Art and Visual News]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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