Lips Contain Multitudes in Surreal, Stunningly Detailed Pencil Drawings

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The eyes may well be windows to the soul (if such a thing exists), but if you’re searching for earthier insights, you’d best look a few inches lower. In a series of intricate pencil drawings, the Bulgarian-born artist Christo Dagorov makes the lips a canvas for a variety of surreal images, from landscapes to melanges of bodies to circuitry. By juxtaposing gorgeous and sometimes frightening visions that represent abstract concepts (titles include Aspiration, Wealth, and Waste) with such an intimate part of the body, Dagorov makes these ideas jarringly personal. Click through to see a handful of highlights from the series, which we discovered via Beautiful/Decay, and visit the artist’s website to learn more about his work.

Christo Dagorov, ‘Aspiration’

Christo Dagorov, ‘Authenticity’

Christo Dagorov, ‘Wealth’

Christo Dagorov, ‘Waste’

Christo Dagorov, ‘Slavery’

Christo Dagorov, ‘Negligence’