When I first saw these pieces, I assumed they were new work from Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. His fantastic paintings, if you can call them that, have been making an arrested splash in the art world for a few years now. These examples, created by Singapore based Keng Lye, were inspired by his work and use the same incredible technique of painting with acrylic on increasingly deep layers of clear resin.
What makes Lye’s pieces different is that his creatures – like turtles and an octopus – are seen rising above the liquid they inhabit. The series, aptly called “Alive Without Breath”, looks just like that: his creatures would often be difficult to differentiate from a living example in a neighboring bowl, box or cup. What’s not clear about Lye’s examples, is whether he uses any 3D objects to create the portions of the animals that rise out of the liquid. In that case he has combined the brush based techniques of Fukahori with his own miniature sculptural techniques.