"Fortune" // Photos via Flickr
If you were one of those kids who grew up thumbing through "I Spy" books until the pages were worn and torn (or bedtime came around—whichever came first), you'll definitely appreciate the found objects in Elsa Insua's assemblage mosaics. Insua's work puts all kinds of junk to good use, from miniature rubber ducks to plastic toy dinosaurs.
A 22-year-old self-taught artist hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Insua has taken the notion of "mixed media" to heart. This particular series features a range of pop culture icons like Darth Vader and Barbie all the way to more common eye candy like sticky sweet donuts and pearl-adorned ice cream cones.
"The Great Temptation" (left) and "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice" (right)
"To Die For"
"The Opium of the People"
Each piece seems to have its own theme past a specific color scheme—just take a look at the digital detritus of Darth Vader or the money motif in "More Stars than there are in Heaven" (at bottom).
"Darth Vader Skywalker Hellwalker"
"More Stars than there are in Heaven"
Watch out: Once you start searching for found objects, you might end up sending more time admiring the art than it took Insua to make it. Check out the full archive of her work on Flickr.
Via Boing Boing