Inspirational reclaimed material artist, sadly now deceased, Noah Purifoy was a founding director of the Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles. He was an early pioneer for social change via the arts.
Dafne Artigot is a Spanish artist who lives in Madrid. Her work is based around sculpture, using materials like polyurethane resin and foam. Her figures represent human decadence, playing with the idea about how our bodies become old and fat as time passes by. The tattoos on skin help to represent the decadence process of our souls, filled with messages that remains the glory days.
I recently came across Helen Musselwhite’s beautiful paper sculptures. Inspired by nature, her stunningly intricate layered designs draw you into a fairytale world of forests, flowers and hedgerows. Her framed pieces make beautiful wall art, but it’s her haunting sculptures in glass domes that really stick in my mind.
Ang is a Korean sculptor who specializes in disturbing, hyper-realistic human forms. Pain, oppression and torture dominate as themes, but the verisimilitude of the works lets in some crucial breaths of humanity and empathy.