Hisham Echafaki paints three-dimensional insects embedded in several layers of resin to give the optical illusion that they were once real specimens. Presented as faux taxidermy the insects often display features on their wings or bodies with recognizable patterns found in art, design, science or architecture.
Echafaki pours a layer of resin and paints a sliver of an animal before pouting another level and repeating the process, this allows the images inside to appear 3D. The works can be up to 30 layers deep and can take weeks to complete.
I was really taken by Echafaki's bowls, which allowed the artist to really show his skills in creating a 3D creature. The deeper containers like the bowls and the honeycombs allowed the viewer to pick up and view the paintings from many angles allowing you to appreciate the skill and ingenuity of the artist.
The butterflies how a deep appreciation of other artists, drawing inspiration from notable figures like Haring, First and Mondrian, but with his 3D art Echafaki deserves to be mentioned in a similar breath.
It is not often you see something you've never seen before at an art fair and I was enthralled by these pieces. The artist uses his pieces to comment on how the human race is affecting and shaping the evolutionary changes in animal species and question the ethics of keeping animals in captivity for our personal enjoyment.
If you like this 'faux taxidermy you should also check out Claire Moynahan.