Artist Klaus Enrique’s humanoid sculptures are both beautiful and grotesque, made from both fragrant flowers, vegetables and plants- as well as gruesome dead millipedes, moths and scorpions. The meticulously detailed sculptures are a mix between fantasy and nightmare, taking inspiration from the materials they are made from themselves. Enrique created possibly his most iconic piece, an insect-laden depiction of Darth Vader, when the shapes of tarantulas reminded the artist of the intergalactic villain.
Enrique’s gorgeous pieces start out as life-like sculptures, carefully assembled from hundreds of pieces, some taking three hundred hours to put together. Because most of the elements in the pieces are organic, and therefore have a shelf life, the artist then photographs his sculptures to give them a second medium. Since sculptures are fragile and have elements that rot, the photograph is the final product, allowing others to enjoy his creations.
The sculptures range from lush to somber. Fresh flowers and fruits are assembled to create spring like portraits of Enrique’s friends, evoking a message of bounty. The artist has used flower petals, bananas and egg shells to create self portraits, each feeling like they’ve taken a note from the Surrealist movement. The artist has also replicated famous art works and characters from movies, giving vegetables anthropomorphic qualities.
In contrast to the celebration of fresh vegetables and flowers is his series using dead insects. Horrifyingly huge millipedes and worms create cheekbones, while dead moths and butterflies are stitched together to make delicately gory faces. Two grotesque tarantulas continue to threaten after life, immortalized on the face of Darth Vader.
Whether cheerful or evil, Enrique’s unique sculptural photographs intrigue with the beauty of reuse.