emoji icons imagined in real life by liza nelson
all images © liza nelson
designer liza nelson sums up contemporary obsession with the use of icons in digital conversation by saying, ‘emojis mean everything and they mean nothing at the same time. they’re completely personal and completely universal.’ by sourcing, posing, sculpting and and handcrafting familiar emoticons in real life settings and situations, nelson pays homage to their popularity and ubiquity. EMOJI IRL.LOL. hosts a selection of her photographs from the series, from the red-clad dancing lady to praise hands and mustache man. nelson’s use of models, paper, clay, and vegetables sets the scene for society’s favorite computerized communication symbols in human form.