Sweden-based artist Alisa Lariushkina continues to find new and mesmerizing ways of using polymer air-dry clay. Inspired by famous painters like Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, she masterfully transforms an array of Japanese air-dry clay into high-relief depictions of lush, bucolic landscapes.
“I'm a self-taught artist, been working with air-dry polymer clay for about six years in my own technique,” Lariushkina explains to My Modern Met. “Each piece of clay I form with my hands and then glue the pieces together. I make figures, ornaments basically in animal theme; and also recently I started making framed landscapes.” Instead of painterly strokes, Lariushkina uses her sculpting tools to mold pieces of colorful polymer clay into curved, wavy, and swirling lines. By packing these refined pieces together, she creates a dense environment that is full of depth and texture.
While some of these framed pieces are based on well-known paintings, others are original designs inspired by her natural surroundings and photography. Lariushkina transforms real-life scenes into tactile dreamscapes by recreating these outdoor places in her distinct style. Clouds become solid white dollops, and flowers become delicate, pastel-colored coils in her clay worlds.