Brooklyn based graphic designer Victoria Siemer, also known as Witchoria, composes wild and refreshing images. Combining portraits or landcapes with geometric shapes, she creates a new kind of pictorial space. Witchoria can be found with updated posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Tumblr.
A lot of people seem to want to bite Donald Trump’s head off these days. For those riled up by the Republican presidential candidate’s incendiary comments of late, artist Lauren Garfinkel offers up food for thought: the Donald’s likeness carved into a circus peanut – those marshmallow candies shaped like the legume. The orange hue, Garfinkel says, reminded her of Trump’s signature tan.
A Brooklyn-based artist and textile designer, Garfinkel has been creating food art as a form of political commentary since the mid-2000s.
Garfinkel says she’s followed politics closely since her student days at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1990s. The idea of making political food art, she says, struck her while watching news coverage of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought in the Gulf Coast in 2005. What lit the spark? President George W. Bush’s famous, and ill-placed, praise of Michael Brown, the man then in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job,” Bush said.
“And all of a sudden I was like, Oh, brownie,” Garfinkel says, recalling that moment of inspiration. “And I just started sketching and jotting down ideas.”
The result: this haunting image — crafted from a chocolate brownie — of a person stranded on a rooftop amid high flood waters. It’s a vivid reminder of the chaos many New Orleans residents faced for days after the storm, amid an incompetent response by state, local and federal officials. Ten days after Bush’s comment, Brown resigned.
Victoria Siemer, aka Witchoria, is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer who produces new and unusual realities by altering expected perceptions of space. She blends geometric shapes into natural landscapes to produce the sensation of upside-down, backwards, and fragmented reflections.