Humanimals, transform anthropomorphic sculptures that explore human relationships by blending the expression and gesture of the combined species.
A sculptural surrealist, Isupov first created works in the Humanimal Series around 2011, with a set of “standing figures” (animal/human hybrids) and “riders” (animal figures on animal/human hybrids)
In 2015 Isupov returned to his iconic form of the Humanimal, a series of standing oversized figurines. This group of four is the latest in Isupov’s lifetime series.
“The animal faces and features represent the beast or natural animal instincts that are often in conflict with reason and intellect.
The hand represents the hand of a human or god – both a comforting support for humanity and a force of opposition or challenge to animal instincts.
The two sculptures explore these ideas of opposing forces of nature and humanity, man and beast, integral and constant throughout life. There is nothing literal intended in the choice of imagery or narrative. The images and expressions are of male/female/animal – symbolic, metaphoric, and intended to provide for individual interpretation. ”
Isupov’s First Works in the Humanimal Series
“Standing Figures” | (Animal/Human Hybrids)