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A massive octopus and swimming fish make up the imaginary universe in Ted Chin’s Surreal Composites

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January 8, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Ted Chin, shared with permission

in the Ted ChinIn surreal dreamland, it is not uncommon for massive anglerfish to swim through the sky or to take in a figure of falling stars. Combining idyllic landscapes and open-air scenes with fantastic details, the San Francisco-based artist chooses to turn an evergreen in the air or position an oversized squid under a floating house. Eerie and calming at the same time, the composite materials are eye-catching and rooted in the imagination. “There are things in the world that arouse childlike amazement and awe, and it is my passion to recreate them and share them with the world,” says the artist.

All digital works here that mix archive images and Chin’s own recordings fall within the scope of Ted’s little dream, the fictional universe the artist created years ago and in which he continues to work. “Storytelling has always inspired me. When I was in elementary school, I couldn’t travel as much as I wanted, ”he says. “I’ve always dreamed of going to different places, seeing and experiencing new things and telling stories.”

If you’re a Photoshop user, you’ve likely spotted Chin’s hazy flamingo work (shown below) as part of the 2021 Photoshop splash screen. To further immerse yourself in his meditative universe, go to Instagramand get a printout of his shop.

#Animals
#Digital
#photoshop
#surreal

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