Ridiculously beautiful sculptures of animal-plant hybrids by Ellen Jewett

Artist Ellen Jewett has been creating these wonderful animal sculptures since she was young. She went on to study Anthropology and Fine Art in 2007, and worked in medical illustration, exotic animal care and stop motion animation.

Perhaps it was this combination of interests that formed the basis for these stunning sculptures. She explains: "At first glance my work explores the more modern prosaic concept of nature: a source of serene nostalgia balanced with the more visceral experience of 'wildness' as remarkably alien and indifferent."

Jewett constructs each sculpture using an "additive technique", which is layering from the inside out. "Many of these components are microcosmic representations of plants, animals and objects. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and, some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures."

To see more of Jewett's work, visit her website.

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