The ocean is filled with billions of brilliant, fantastic creatures - although one of the most intriguing and charismatic of the sea's fauna has got to be the octopus. These eight-legged cephalopods are able to change the color and texture of their skin on a whim, fit into the smallest of crevices, and even predict volcanic eruptions. Artist Natsuko Kogure recently paid tribute to these incredible animals with an array of over 600 octopi made from recycled newspaper!
Kogure recently exhibited over 600 of her bright, whimsical octopi at Gallery Le Bain. Each of her marvelous mollusks is composed of recycled newspaper and carries a unique expression, color palette, and body composition. Most of her pieces are photographed on real beaches, where the discarded bits of trash become a celebration of ocean life.
With their bright hues and often humorous countenances, Kogure’s octopi draw upon aesthetics from animation and graphic art. Some resemble food items such as donuts, watermelons, and pickles that have sprouted appendages and faces. The eclectic horde invites the viewer to contemplate the sheer variety of organisms across the globe. Species diversity on the planet is as boundless as Kogure’s imagination, and her work is a reminder of the distinct personality and value of every living being.
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