Emojis have slowly been taking over digital communication. What could be said in several words is now often conveyed with a single symbol. And now, they’re making their way onto the art scene. Designer Liza Nelson has dedicated her craft, and a tumblr blog, to creating real-life representations of popular emojis.
She uses everything from human models, to vegetables and clay to recreate the digital symbols on her blog EMOJI IRL.LOL.
“Emojis mean everything and they mean nothing at the same time. They are completely personal and completely universal. They’re really quite stupid. And they’re the best thing that ever happened to our generation. They deserve to be observed and worshipped individually. By finding, posing, and sculpting emojis in real life I’ve created a set of shrines to the individual characters. Because somebody had to do it,” says Nelson on her blog.
Whether you agree with her philosophy or not, her photographs can be appreciated. Nelson isn’t alone in her recognition of emojis as more than a tool of communication, either. This past December in New York City, the first-ever Emoji Art and Design Show honored the symbols as an art form.
From the more commonly used fist pump to the less popular mustached man, Nelson has recreated a handful of emojis and one can only hope she’ll continue to do so.