Victoria Siemer is a graphic designer in Brooklyn who works under the name “Witchoria.” The surreal, cold, hypnagogic and darkly humorous images she creates in Photoshop are certainly deserving of the nom de plume. She has a running series that are a spin on the “storm in a teacup” idiom, but expansive. They create the effect of staring into a mundane object and having your brain spat out into infinity.
She tells The Guardian:
‘It’s a wonderful way to wake up my creativity for the day,’ she says. ‘I was playing around with the idea of microcosms, imagining an entire universe in my cup and then, once the series developed, I started adding in imagery of the ocean.’
I tried this by staring into my own coffee cup and I saw a yawning, inescapable void. That’s true of most of my thought experiments, though.
This is just one series of Siemer’s. We recommend checking out her web site for the others. I’m a fan of her geometric shapes that reflect cold landscapes and of the demoralizing messages written in the stars.
Bill Rodgers is a Contributing Editor at CFile.
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