Art Collective Melts Modelling Clay into Stunning Portraits

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Jackson Pollock is one of my favorite artists — the depth and delicateness of his paint dribblings is simply sublime. Argentinian art collective Mondongo carries on his artistic legacy but without paint. Instead, they use Plasticine — melted modelling clay.

Mondongo — "tripe" for those of you who don't speak Spanish (*raises hand*) — consists of Juliana Laffitte, Manuel Mendanha and Agustina Picasso. The trio actually specialise in the Plasticine medium, carefully melting and moulding the stuff into extraordinary pieces like that above. Just look at the nuances in colour — that's not something you find in a Play-dough set, not even the 36-colour packs.

Mondongo's new works are being displayed at Art Basel Miami later this week if you happen to be taking a trip across the pond to Florida. Be warned though, a lot of their art borders on porn — you'll know it when you see it — so leave the kids at home. [Collossal]