The ethereal work of Polish muralist Natalia Rak

By Emma Regolini

January 31, 2020

You may recognise the work of Natalia Rak from her gradient blending, ethereal murals spread across the world and Instagram. The Polish born muralist studied graphic, screen-printing and poster design but later on began to focus on painting and larger scale projects.

Growing up in a small Polish village, Natalia often recounts the absence of street art in her physical surroundings. Today she draws inspiration from mythology, religious symbols and fables.

Today it is widely agreed that Natalia’s murals appear to transcend their physical environments. Rak’s use of symbolism and references to fable-like iconography adds a tangible element of magic to her work. Natalia often cites her deep connection to nature and the importance of protecting endangered species, flora and fauna.

Rak’s murals often portray women from an ethereal perspective. Carving her own space in the street art arena, the Polish muralist says that as a female artist, she understands the complex nature of what it is to be a woman.

Rak also explains that she is more interested in created figures with often-androgynous faces, focusing on their expression and form rather than traditional portrayals of females and males (in Eastern European cultures).

Despite the recurring presence of females in her work, Natalia says that there were not many female street artists to look up to years ago. In what could be considered a male-dominated space, Natalia hopes to be as skilled as her male counterparts while forging her own path and style.

Rak’s work and murals have been included in numerous group exhibitions around the world since 2009. In past interviews Natalia highlights the duality of sharing your work on social media as an artist while remaining inspired and continually creating. She says it is important to share high quality images of your work, sharing the process and how pieces are created

Odeith and the Rise of Anamorphic Street Art

By Emma Regolini

January 17, 2020

Anamorphism in street art refers to the intentional distortion of perspective, a type of optical illusion that is best viewed from a particular vantage point to experience the true image.

Early use of anamorphism or the ‘distorted perspective,’ dates back to prehistoric cave painting, as artists had to adapt to the oblique angles of cave structures. Over time the technique has been revived and used for different purposes suited to the climate of the era.

In the 17th century, anamorphosis was used to conceal images for privacy or personal safety or to hide secrets particularly associated with royal figures.

Anamorphism used in 17th century fine art paintings
Anamorphism used in 17th century fine art paintings

Today, artists use anamorphism by selecting a specific angle from which to view the piece in or take the best photograph, and for Portuguese artist, Odeith, this often involves calculated 90-degree angles or curved surfaces.

Image via https://www.odeith.com/
Image via https://www.odeith.com/
Image via https://www.odeith.com/

Although the style of 3D art is well established, Odeith has driven and refined the anamorphic style, playing with optical illusions by creating life-like scenes involving creatures, cars, chrome lettering and other realistic objects.

Combining mathematical measurements, shadows and at times an imitated background, Odeith achieves, what he refers to as his ‘sombre 3D,’ style.

It is easy to overlook the detail and skill of Odeith’s work until we are shown the piece from a more conventional angle before we can understand how the design is perfectly stretched and distorted to achieve the perfect shot.

The Portuguese artist is most renowned for his abandoned bus illusion mural piece, which quickly became a viral sensation. After coming across a block-like structure, Odeith eventually unveiled the incredibly realistic bus.

Odeith’s style is one, which is so unique and restrictive to imitation that his portfolio of work from over the years continues to push boundaries and inspire artists across the world.