There’s more than meets the eye in Paulina Almira’s understatedly sinister, candy-colored illustrations
Nature was also an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the illustrator. In his first piece for Art Basel, languishing lake, Paulina tells us that she wanted to illustrate a nature scene but “had to disrupt it somehow”. With broken pillars – suggesting some sort of catastrophe – twisting and spinning eyeballs in the center of the flowers, blood dripping from the leaves, and an inverted rainbow, the piece has a brilliantly eerie, ominous quality to it.
The piece that Paulina considers her “masterpiece”, however, is her work Three minutes too late. Combining everything she loves in one scene, the piece was originally inspired by the colorful stairs from the recent hit TV series Squid game. With its magical and dreamlike side, its sparkling pink prism gives it an ethereal and mysterious dimension. Speaking of her compositional decisions, Paulina explains that “there is so much going on, but everything placed in the middle gives the piece compositional integrity, drawing viewers’ attention to the pink structure that contains just enough detail to arouse curiosity and entice the viewer. to keep looking. And certainly, with your eyes ultimately drawn to the severed hands and flowing blood, the piece perfectly demonstrates Paulina’s ability to create subtly macabre work that shifts and changes before your eyes.
Slowly dipping her toes into the world of 3D and animation, Paulina hopes to collaborate with fashion and beauty brands, and maybe even enter the world of digital fashion herself. “As people slowly build and get used to the metaverse, digital fashion will definitely be a thing and I want to be a part of it.” Seeking to go even further, Paulina even toyed with the idea of producing physical sculptures of her work: “a hand and a heart perhaps, or eyeballs in a glass of whiskey. I think that would be super cool.