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Forest for the Trees 

It's hard to say what makes Argentinian artist Elisa Insua's mixed media pieces so endearing. Is it the ingenious use of repurposed objects to render familiar pop-culture imagery? Maybe it's the delightful juxtapositions born of that process, like old-school plastic toys used to create the image of the Playstation controller that has supplanted them. Perhaps it's as simple as her incredible use of color and form, made all the more impressive by the materials' use.

Even if it's difficult to explain exactly why you love Insua's work, it's incredibly easy to get lost in the I-Spy-like wonderland of pocket-size treasures in each piece. Whether you're into Sith Lords or the Statue of Liberty, chances are Insua has captured some part of your cultural experience and artfully embellished it.

"More Stars than there are in Heaven" incorporates currency, writing utensils and a plastic dinosaur (among many other materials)to make the MGM Studios logo. - ELISA INSUA
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  • "More Stars than there are in Heaven" incorporates currency, writing utensils and a plastic dinosaur (among many other materials)to make the MGM Studios logo.
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