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These Fine Art Versions of Popular Memes are the Best Thing On the Internet This Week

Alim Umusi is the visual artist transforming your favorite memes into fine art paintings.

I've always thought that memes were works of art. They're like inside jokes that just about everyone is in on, and they seemingly never stop being funny. Memes are pretty much the Internet's greatest achievement.


If you happen to share my enthusiasm for memes, then you'll appreciate the work of Alim Smith, the Deleware-born visual artist transforming some of the Internet's most memorable memes into actual art.

Thanks to him we now have an abstract painting of the Jordan crying face.

Smith's Picasso-inspired creations have basically won the Internet. Take a moment to appreciate the meme masterpieces below, and check out more of Smith's work via his website.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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