The collaboration between two artists is always fascinating and project “Sugarflesh” is no exception. This visual art series is the fruit of the encounter of two Spanish illustrators, Liran Szeiman and Martin de Diego Sadaba. Liran, based in Barcelona, is a game artist, children’s books Illustrator and freelance avertising designer. Her universe of pop surrealism flirts with dark art. Martin, more mysterious, is from Bilbao and fascinated by fantasy, close to Giger and Royo. The two met through the art collective Hysterical Minds.
The collaborative process involved lengthy communication between both artists for each piece, as they sketched Sugarflesh together, before giving the final touches in Photoshop. The world of Sugarflesh is a tribute to their virtual collaboration and, more globally, to our virtual modern relationships, where, from darkness, very beautiful things can bloom. Sugarflesh bears the traces of Liran’s taste for childhood, with those cute little doll faces, emerging from cold biomechanical spaces that of course remind of the scifi horror world of H.R. Giger, dear to Martin.
It is not a fight between tenderness and technology, instead both tame each other. Each artwork also involves references to mythology, esotericism and cartoons, with the unexpected result one of poetry, between weirdness and pure emotion. A successful collaboration we would love to see more of!