Over the last several years, emojis — or the expressive characters that can convey everything from happiness to mischief to what you’ve got planned for the night — have impacted Western popular culture and have become a staple for digital communication.
Emojis are commonly used to lighten the mood and accompany sarcastic texts to ensure your reader you are not being serious. As the years go by, people have become more and more dependent on visual stimulation. Nearly full conversations can be carried out with just emojis. Even clothes and accessories decorated with the colorful little icons are up for sale these days.
With the help of Los Angeles-based artist Liz Nelson, emojis have crossed from the digital realm into reality. “Emojis mean everything and they mean nothing at the same time” Nelson wrote on her Tumblr. Her reasoning behind dedicating a whole series to the popular characters was “somebody had to do it.”
Using basic art supplies like cardboard, papier mâché, and paint, Nelson transformed some fan favorites people know and love into 3D art forms and photographed them. For the emojis involving people, models were photographed sporting similar hairstyles and clothing.
Nelson acknowledges emojis as a “ridiculous and completely effective form of communication” and they “deserve to be observed and worshipped individually.”
Check out the images above for her work!