Artist Corrina Crazie Espinosa finds her inner unicorn in all the strangest places
The unicorn in its natural habitat, by Corrina Espinosa.
The trees talk to Denver artist Corrina Espinosa, whose work often starts with a piece of wood; a carver with a deep soul, she's made art out of stumps and branches, and whole trees shaded her Metro State College of Denver senior thesis exhibition, Hybrid Zoetic. The finished pieces sometimes seem like strange and twisted metaphors for the vagaries of life and the slow growth that comes with change. But at other times, they're just plain whimsical.
Her latest creature, a large unicorn consisting of a polished log body, pipe legs, a hand-carved horn and mop-like mane, goes both ways in perfect harmony -- it's a unicorn, for Pete's sake -- and doubles as Espinosa's own personal metaphor.
"I have this thing for unicorns at the moment," she explains. "It has to do with my life of pursuing the art dream, which feels a lot like chasing unicorns. I made a life-sized wood unicorn and wanted an alternative to photographing it in the usual gallery or studio setting. But instead of taking it on a tour in my truck, I took a tour through Google's images and let my imagination and my unicorn run wild!"
She's about halfway through the resulting hundred-image Photoshopped body of work, which she calls Unicorn Sightings, and the collection is already sublimely hilarious. Eventually, she'll post the entire series on her website.
You'll have a chance to experience a unicorn sighting yourself this month, when Espinosa's work turns up at three different shows: At DesignHaus Denver, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13, in conjunction with the RiNo Open Studios Tour and Create Denver Week; as part of the show Mindpool, which opens May 18 at Next Gallery and runs through June 3; and at the Artistic Mamas Spring Showcase, beginning May 18 at Su Teatro.
And in the meantime, here are a few of our favorites, with commentary by the artist:
Unicorn Sighting #28 - Unicorns LOVE Casa Bonita♥
Waterfalls, mariachis and tacos... this one is a no brainer!