Artist Creates Fanciful Driftwood Sculptures That Look Like Spirits of Nature

When most of us pass by an old piece of wood on the ground, we don’t look at it twice. After all, it’s just a stick, right?

But for Canadian artist Debra Bernier, the grooves, pits, and breaks in a piece of driftwood are tiny works of art, created by nature, and they’re inspirational jumping-off points for her earthy, magical artwork.

She adds to the driftwood pieces by carving in images of human and animal forms, creating sculptures that have a mystical, timeless quality. Inspired by nature, animals, and her children, Bernier’s work is a celebration of the natural world and humans’ relationship to it.

“The finished pieces are a reflection of not only my life, my family, and children, but of an eternal, sacred connection we all share with nature,” she says.

Wood is a naturally beautiful material that provides endless inspiration to artists, crafters, and designers. Whether it’s being carved into realistic sculptures or simply used as a canvas for paintings, it’s always full of unique beauty.

Bernier uses that beauty, as well as the natural wear and tear from the elements, as inspiration for her sculptures. Sometimes she also adds to the wood with other natural materials like shells or clay for even more detail.

Check out her artwork below, and the next time you see a piece of driftwood or a gnarled old branch, stop and look at it for a moment. You might just get inspired!

Debra Bernier: Facebook | Etsy

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Based in Victoria, British Columbia, artist Debra Bernier is endlessly inspired by the natural world around her, including the shells and driftwood that wash up on the Pacific shore.

“When I work with driftwood, I never start with a blank canvas. Each piece of driftwood is already a sculpture, created by the caresses of the waves and wind” Debra told Bored Panda. “The wood tells a story and I try to think of its journey as I hold it in my hand. I extend or shorten the curves and contours that already exist into familiar shapes of animals or peoples’ faces.”

The sculptor is inspired by her love for what is most sacred in the world – children, animals, nature.

“The finished pieces are a reflection of not only my life, my family, and children, but of an eternal, sacred connection we all share with nature,” she says.

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Her sculptures combine the natural shape of the wood with the elements she carves by hand, creating a unique combination of nature and art.

Bernier uses the shape of the wood to inspire her sculptures, creating images of female angels and spirits. She also adds on details with clay, shells, and found objects.

“When I work with driftwood, I never start with a blank canvas,” she explains. “Each piece of driftwood is already a sculpture, created by the caresses of the waves and wind.”

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“The wood tells a story and I try to think of its journey as I hold it in my hand. I extend or shorten the curves and contours that already exist into familiar shapes of animals or peoples’s faces.”

Her creations are serene and feel connected to the natural world, like elemental spirits of trees and the ocean.

They’re also mostly female, and show the power and strength of women and mothers.

This mermaid carving incorporates a shell that resembles a pregnant belly, evoking ideas of both nature and motherhood.

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Bernier also uses clay and shells to create her sculptures, like this one of a mother and child in a beautiful pink conch.

Her driftwood pieces, meanwhile, look almost like wands, and their rough, imperfect surfaces make them look like they could come from an ancient time.

And they also manage to capture a range of emotions and human experiences, all mapped out in the texture of the wood and the delicate carving that Bernier adds.

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Some of her sculptures hint at the multilayered experiences of women, including love, connection, and children, but also healing, uncertainty, and inner strength.

These beautiful sculptures are available for purchase on Bernier’s Etsy shop, where you can also get inexpensive printed cards of the pieces. You can also keep up with Bernier’s latest projects on her Facebook.

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Photographer “Time Travels” by Photoshopping Herself into Old Celebrity Photos

Have you ever imagined if you could go back in time and take a picture with famous people? If yes, you will probably enjoy a similar series in 2013, called “Time Travel” created by an artist, Flora. She is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation in order to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, and dreams. However, today we will mainly focus on how she discovers the possibilities of the well known “selfie” phenomenon with famous people. Let’s admit that it would be pretty difficult to explain the concept of a selfie to a person from the 20th century. But this fact makes these series even more interesting!

“After the first official picture of a black hole was released last week, I decided to look into the Theory of relativity and I’ve been wondering how cool it was, if I could travel faster than the speed of light, ergo I could travel back in time. While I’ve been making a “selfie” with Albert Einstein (photoshopping myself into a picture of him) I decided to celebrate this amazing discovery with a series of pictures, where I travel back in time. ” writes Flora in her website.

Check out the gallery below. Also, tell us in the comment section below; If you could go back in time who would you like to take a selfie with?

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#1 Marilyn Monroe

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#2 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3 John Lennon

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#4 Salvador Dali

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#5 Albert Einstein

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#6 Sigmund Freud

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#7 Audrey Hepburn

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