Oxford Dictionaries has just announced their word of the year, and it’s not even a word. For the first time ever it’s an emoji, officially named “face with tears with joy”. Actually, the success of emoji not only changed the way people express themselves, but also brought a new concept into artists’ art works. We selected six emoji art works to celebrate our bizarre generation of emoji!
Words: Lei Fu
Subeditor: Julia Tsilman
The Ukrainian artist Nastya Ptichek embeds emojis, social media notifications and other characteristic imagery of our digital culture into well-known works of art, revealing increasing importance of social media notifications as a big part of our daily life.
Garden of Emoji Delights
The masterpiece “The Garden of Earthly Delights” created in 1505 by Hieronymus Bosch is reinvented 510 years later as “The Garden of Emoji Delights” by artist Carla Gannis. Take a close look at its detail, and you’ll be surprised.
Famous pieces of art starring emojis
After seeing what artists have done, people on Tumblr build up the “emojinal art gallery”, updating their works of emoji art. TIME’s editors even picked it as one of the must-see art blogs of 2013. (Genie Alfonzo)
Emoji in real life
Designer and Photographer Liza Nelson creates a Tumblr called “Emoji IRL.LOL,” she sculptures what emojis would look like if they were physical.
Sasha Zabelina, an art student at Miami Ad School in San Francisco, makes emoji versions of TV and film posters on her Tumblr page.