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12/30/2013 04:39 pm ET

Somebody Brought Emoji To Life, And They're Awesome

It's a stretch to say that the emoji you text your friends are high art. But the real-life recreations of those same smiley faces? That's a different story.

"They're really quite stupid," Liza Nelson wrote of emoji on her website. "And they're the best thing that ever happened to our generation. They deserve to be observed and worshipped individually." So the Los Angeles-based artist reenacted some of her favorite Japanese emoticons with papier mâché, cardboard, paint and a few living humans.

Others have found artistic inspiration in emoji as well. Earlier this year, artists Luciel Perte and Noah Spidermen created a video of a swirling kaleidoscope of emoji, narrated by Siri describing the different images. Another artist, Carla Gannis, covered an image of the "Garden of Earthly Delights" by 16th century painter Hieronymus Bosch with emoji of all shapes and sizes. And earlier in December, Fito Segrera presented a performance piece in which muscle simulators contorted his face into the shape of some of the better known icons.

Here are some of Nelson's pieces:

ALL WET

all wet

DRUGS

drugs

GODDESS

goddess

MURDERBALL

murderball

MUSTACHE

mustache

POUND IT

pound it

PRAISIN

praisin

THAT PURP

that purp

WHO, ME?

who me

YUSSS

yusss

[h/t Wired]

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