‘Emoji Nation’ Is Art History, According To The Internet

Your favorite works of art, updated for the online era.

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Nastya Ptichek, a Ukrainian artist, was toying around on her phone recently when she had a revelation of sorts: many of the emojis she’d been using had begun to resemble well-known works of art. She began to pair the emojis with famous paintings for a series she’s titled “Emoji Nation”.

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Her first series is mostly emoji reinactments like this one of Degas’ Ballerinas.

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Next, she began to insert them into works by Edward Hopper. In Ptichek’s re-imagined Summer Evening, the result is rather poignant.

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The series then moved on from emojis to include prominent icons from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Her most recent installment is centered around error messages in other, more traditional works.

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You can find more of Ptichek’s work here:

All images reposted with the artist’s permission.

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