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March 11, 2011 / margikimball

♥ :: Keepa

Keepa is a prolific duo made up of Irena Zablotska and Eugene Ruddy and based in Ukraine who like to think and feel and allow their work to manifest as a kind of adventure. (By the way, is anyone else loving the accessibility of seeing work from around the world?)

Their work maintains an intensity while suggesting a charming, crafted naivete. For instance the wild perspectives, the letter forms which move fluidly and unexpectedly, the all-over compositions. I think these elements create a sense of wildness, of fun.

The image below is particularly interesting for the way it engages with the form of its container, ie. a book. This kind of interaction is so interesting to me because it acknowledges (meta-style) its space in the world. And in a way, the illustration might even emerge in response to its space. Anyway, this self-consciousness is really appealing in a frequently objective-seeming world. If that makes sense.

Anyhow, these images are tip of the iceberg for Keepa’s studio. Make sure to check out their claymation type illustrations and their design/work and their merch. A very interesting team, indeed.


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