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Surreal Body Blending Portraits

The 'Symbiosis' Series Explores Relationships and Love in Couples

— July 16, 2013 — Art & Design
Artist Rik Garrett has created a bizarre series of portraits, aptly titled 'Symbiosis,' that explores the relationships between couples through body blending. Each portrait in the series depicts a surreal, humanoid creature that is made up of two separate people that have somehow melted together.

One couple becomes almost spider-like in its blending, looking like a huge hand with a few facial features scattered over its surface. Another portrait shows a man and woman kissing. Their mouths meld together, while the man's hand, which is placed on the woman's cheek, also melts into her face.

This creates a creature that is at once two separate people, yet simultaneously a single being. For this reason, Garrett has truly touched on the heart of relationships. They are symbiotic, meaning that both halves should be receiving positive qualities from the other. By representing this through art, Garrett has created a visually stunning series that both disturbs and speaks honestly.
Trend Themes
1. Relationship Blending - Art and design that blends two distinct elements to represent synergy and unity in relationships can be used in advertising to show how products and services can join together two separate entities into a single operation.
2. Surreal Portraits - Surreal art and design that depict humanoids can prompt thought on the complicated nature of relationships and partnerships, and can be used in marketing to convey a message of oneness and togetherness within a product or service.
3. Body Art - Body art and blended images that present unique forms can be used in fashion to inspire designers to create custom and eclectic styles that represent the idea of two coming together to form a single and diverse entity.
Industry Implications
1. Art - Artists can use body blending portraits in their work to explore relationships and the seamless coming together of two people or entities.
2. Marketing - Marketing teams can use surreal portraits featuring blended characters to showcase unity and teamwork in product and service branding, particularly within fields such as therapy, counseling, and relationship services.
3. Fashion - Fashion designers can use blended body art to create unique and diverse clothing and accessory design collections to represent the embodiment of two people or entities coming together as one latest fashion trend.
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