Dutch animator, set designer and visual artist Vera van Wolferen creates intricate and meticulously-constructed scenes out of paper, cardboard and wood. She creates mostly miniature sculptures that look like sets for animated films, dividing her time between self-initiated projects and working for commercial clients. Her designs are kept to a minimalist style as the designer focuses on the architecture rather on an intricate color scheme. On The Jealous Curator she says this about her work:
“During my study in Fine Arts I was in the sculpture department, and kept making videos of my sculptures. That’s why I went to do animation, cause everyone said – hey you should make your sculptures move! So I did stop motion for a year, but figured out I was most interested in creating the set design, lighting and photographing the sets… not so much the animation part of it. I now focus on making “Story Objects”, sculptures that are vehicles for the imagination of the viewer. It feels like the objects contain a story, but it up to you to create your own.”
You can follow the artist on her website, Behance, Dribble, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Vera van Wolferen.
Misato Sano completed the sculpture area of the Graduate School of Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design. The talented wood carver hails from in the Myagi prefecture of Japan. She carves wooden busts & full figures of well-groomed dogs, preferring to leave the small gouges from her chisel on their textured exteriors. On This is Colossal she says this about her work:
“For me, using the form of dogs is the most appropriate, highest-resolution method to materialize what I think of my inner self. Materializing myself in various states is about having an honest, direct dialogue with myself. In facing myself, I would like to be passionate, free, and loving, like a dog. My works are also about myself looking at myself. In that sense, I might have been making an existence that is sometimes beside myself, a little distance in other times, watching over myself.”
The artist can be followed on her website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Misato Sano.
Longing for humor in these pandemic days and discovered the whimsical sculptures of Genesis Belanger. The New-York based artist graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and also attended Hunter College in New York and Rhode Island School of Design. She studied painting before moving onto sculpture. Her work is lighthearted and at the same time treads on repulsion treating objects as surrogates for the body. On Art and Object she says this about her work:
“I’m interested in how human we are. One way to address complex and complicated ideas is to be aware of our own limitations and not try to present ourselves in the best light—to comfortably own our flaws. So, I think of these props as markers of what it is to be human and flawed.”
“I was initially attracted to advertising because of how brilliantly that industry uses visual language. Although I’m not entirely behind the end goal of that ability, I’m still very impressed with how they utilize imagery. I think about that when I’m making my own work—like how beauty and complex imagery can translate really complicated ideas, even if the viewer isn’t consciously aware of it.”
You can view more of her work here on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Genesis Belanger.