In a collaboration between Dutch artist Hjotefar and creative prison inmates from Vridsløselille State Prison, the team has produced some cuddly mosaic portraits making headlines across the Web.
The portraits, named BUM and NANNA, are named after the two inspiring individuals depicted in the pieces. Nanna, in fact, is an artist renowned for her creative use of textiles. The pixelated project was created by crafting 7200 colored pads in 29 different colors, and manage to effectively juxtapose an old school medium with a cutting edge aesthetic.
In this endeavor, Hjotefar has provided a medium to be heard for incarcerated individuals while creating unique and dynamic pieces. Bright and beautiful, these mosaic portraits are earning hard-earned respect and attention, and will likely inspire other artists to incorporate otherwise unheard voices and personalities into their work.
Inmate Mosaic Masterpieces
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