Playful, familiar, yet oddly surreal — Joakim Ojanen's characters reflect the strata of emotion found within our everyday lives. Experimenting across painting, prints and sculpture, the Swedish artist is well-known for creating a universe of monster characters that reflect what it is to be human.
For his latest project, Ojanen worked with Avant Arte on three limited edition sculptures that ruminate on love. Releasing in blue, red and violet, each sculpture features a large smiling face on a hand-blown, hand-sculpted glass dome with brass feet at the base. Hidden within the translucent object is a slender rod with a brass heart at the top.
As the glass is removable, Ojanen notes of the "beautiful comination," adding that the artwork imbues "two different feelings at once – the happy go lucky outside and the heart that is sad.”