Featured image credit: Sara Shakeel via Glamour
In the Autumn of last year, Sara Shakeel posted an image of a collage she made on her Instagram. It featured a hand holding a bundle of MAC lipsticks, each with a cut diamond protruding from the end. The internet, amazed at the prospect of this highly valuable – though presumably useless – beauty product, flipped its collective lid.
The pic quickly spread across Instagram, Pinterest and blogs the world over, which resulted in Shakeel’s IG gaining 11,000 followers in one night.
Unsurprisingly, the image wasn’t real. But like most of Shakeel’s work, it is a very cool re-working of an original photo (Shakeel actually had to remove the collage after she first posted it, as the makeup artist behind the original photo didn’t approve – but that’s a story you can read in the above caption).
Shakeel is a Pakistan-based artist who ditched a career in dentistry to create contemporary, multi-layered collages that subvert the typical images you’d find in glossy fashion and lifestyle mags.
What results is diamond-laced sunglasses on the faces of models, diamonds foaming over the top of Starbucks frappuccinos, sci-fi scenes in suburban settings, flying human figures with butterfly wings and, in one particularly memorable post, Kim Kardashian’s notorious crying face crying a river of crystals. Explaining her work to Glamour, Shakeel said: ‘I want people to connect to their emotions, their inner child.’
If looking at Shakeel’s Instagram has inspired your inner-child to create their own collages, then it’s clearly worked. However, we can’t guarantee 11,000 Instagram followers in one night if you do. Sorry.
Check out some of our faves below:
If you like what you see, be sure to hit follow on Sara Shakeel’s Instagram.