This ‘oral alphabet’ must surely be a counterpart to the fleshy type I posted about a few months ago.
The toothy type has been created by Japanese designer Takayuki Ogawa who was inspired by the the mouth’s ability to express such a wide range of emotions by itself. This is clearly demonstrated in the many emoticons that use the mouth to describe the key emotion: :) :D :p. :/ etc.
Brilliantly executed, they have been made from stone powder clay, acrylic paint, varnish, wood and iron. Though, you might think twice before using them on that wedding invite…
With the skateboard, as one of the symbols of today’s street culture, I try to use different ways of shaping the motive of a fish which I use for some time now on street walls.
On the streets I connect the abstract background with photorealistic elements and the equivalent to street walls I also find in used skateboards.
From each separate old, used skateboard I create a fish bone and contrasting to this process I transform broken boards into fish scales which I then connect to a recycled wooden board in the shape of a fish head on which I paint the human eye.
This big fish, as an anthropomorphic installation, illustrates the idea that each person is a mosaic of other people and other influences which are, through circumstance united into one integral whole. The skateboard works are a sort of hommage to the skateboard culture and street culture in general.
Erika Steiskal grew up in Canfield, Ohio. She studied illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design (BFA, 2006) and at the Illustration Academy in Sarasota. Over the next three years, she worked as a concept artist for Root Learning, a business consulting firm in Toledo, Ohio.