‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a bird-mouse..? The work of today’s artist captures the whimsy and fantasy that defines this time of year. French artist Corine Perier creates hybrid creatures that, despite the works’ surrealist quality seem completely real, not to mention irresistibly charming.
Though whimsical in feel, these contemporary portraits remind us of the very real problem of species extinction on our ever changing planet.
Her amalgamated creatures stare out at us with wide, vulnerable eyes. They appear kind and wise, resembling characters from fantastical lands like Narnia and Middle Earth, here to guide witless humans on their journey.
But in the eyes of some, there is an additional element.. perhaps fear, perhaps resignation to their fate at the hands of the very humans they wish to help?
To see more of Corine Perier’s gentle enchanters, please visit her website. A big thank you to Myra Wexler aka YO MOMMA for introducing me to Corine’s work. Be sure to check out Myra’s blog, too. It’s full of awesome sauce.
All images are via the artist’s website.