New Jersey sculptor Jed Morfit creates incredibly large and intricate bas-relief friezes from small detailed pieces shaped and molded out of plastic. At first glance the total piece is captivating -- almost fun in a child-like way. But the work demands a closer examination, and then one begins to see the tension -- the "anxiety" Morfit says, much like in a Brueghel painting with all of its beautiful small scenes depicting hellish events, for example in the section below with its interesting juxtaposition of a very pregnant woman and upside fairy tale crone, and arrows shooting into a casket amidst what feels like a very lively and active scene -- characters running, shouting, a scattering of wings and bones, shopping carts and wheelbarrows all moving at once.
Here is a short video from State of the Arts of Morfit talking about his work and the process of creating these intricate and elaborate works of art -- and I am especially fond of the last piece in the video of a larger than life woman fencer with a deeply wooded and leafed forest as her skirts. (Here's the almost finished work "Mama's in the Arbor".) You can see a lot more of his work over at If It's Hip, It's Here. Gorgeous stuff.