Polish illustrator, artist, and co-owner of Morski Studio Graficzne Igor Morski creates surreal images imbued with hidden meaning. He graduated with honors from the Interior Architecture and Industrial Design Faculty at the State Higher School of Fine Art in Poznań, and worked for public broadcasting in the 80s and 90s, before finally pursuing a career in press illustration. Morski opened his own studio in 1995.

"Sometimes I used to use popular symbols, such as Pinocchio’s long nose," Morski told Bored Panda. "However, most frequently I have tried to think up my own symbols. For example, [my piece] “creative archaeology” is about the commercialisation of archaeology. There, I depict a halved human head filled with the sand with a stylised figure of Indiana Jones, the archaeologist, at the top. The symbolism becomes clear. On the one hand, you have the head filled with the sand, on the other, the figure digging in it."

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NadineMorris-Wieringa
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5 years ago

I was a single parent myself for a while. This illustrates the situation perfectly! I had to row against my ex while having the added weight of the children.

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RrezeOsmani
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5 years ago

some man just want to watch the world burn

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TinyDynamine
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5 years ago

The words on there are the days of the week in case you were wondering.

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JessicaRudd
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5 years ago

Or a boy growing into society's definition of what a man is supposed to be. What our definition of masculinity has evolved into.

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AuburnSkies
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5 years ago

That moment when you realize you're using a phone to look at this...

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JessicaRudd
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5 years ago

America

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KláraKoubová
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5 years ago

brain

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KarinaLopez
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5 years ago

time puppet

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JuliaCandalisa
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5 years ago

We are made of Earth. When we die we will return to the earth. But, in the meantime, life is a beautiful dance.

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AnneHopkinson
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5 years ago

We put so many thoughts and feelings into little compartments, putting off dealing with them.....

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JennBurns
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5 years ago

Big brother is watching...

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DeeGee
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5 years ago

We say in Poland that "someone is making water out of your brain", when you are manipulated.

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AllanAllsopp
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5 years ago

We all grow in different directions.

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WendyBarnhart
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5 years ago

The foundation of society is eroding.

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SabrinaFairchild
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5 years ago

Under the cloak of aging lies beauty and wisdom

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SallyHart
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5 years ago

Our thoughts are manipulated

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RaeannWiley
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5 years ago

Only in nature can you grow

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IlincaNe
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5 years ago

I believe that the circle with the man "traped" inside is the routine we have each day. But only the human. The birds appear to be free at all times...and the difference between them is just...sad

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AndrewBlikken
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5 years ago

I see a child controlling his elder self. The moon is a terrific allegory for the lens of fantasy through which we viewed adulthood.

MarissaNoakes
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5 years ago

I see a puppet pulling the strings of a human....which is interesting

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PIForward
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5 years ago

The small figure is a puppet. We're being manipulated by things that aren't real.

DesaraXhura
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5 years ago

I see a pupet controlling a men! To my interpretation we used to be the ones controlling the show now is the show controlling our lives. Could easily connect it the influence media has in the way we act and go through our lives, to the images we build we think we hae to live up to.

DevannAtkinson
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5 years ago

Our bodies and minds are controlled by the phases of the moon. It goes back 1000's of years. I almost think the puppet is the ocean tide. our bodies are made up of a large portion of water, look what the moon does to the tides all over the world……..it is 100% proven fact that the full moon brings chaos with it. my mother was a 911 dispatcher at the busiest detachment in Surrey. She had crazy stories every full moon. My Aunt and good friend are ER nurses. Again, it can't be denied. We are controlled by the moon……parts of us are anyway ;) I do realize the painting is of a waning crescent moon. Just had to throw in my facts to back up my interpretation ;)

KellyMontegut
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5 years ago

I saw that too. We are controlled by the phases of the moon.

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DaveOs-bor
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5 years ago

I think it represents sleeping. Dreaming. The moon is essential here. During daytime the puppeteer might control the puppetb but who knows who controls you (or your mind) during your sleep

Bernadette Grabowska-Kirk
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5 years ago

The moon controls the tides and all natural rhythms ... the man has forgotten this in his busy-ness ... but the child tries to remind him of the natural flow ...

PriyaChana
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5 years ago

One day the puppet will save us... be kind in the day

AmandaRaynes
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5 years ago

The inner child keeping the adult self at least functional.

CharleneAdams
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5 years ago

kids are the best puppet masters

BonitaPotgieter
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5 years ago

I agree with you, our kids know we will give them the moon if it was in our reach and the work and play on that manipulating us and pulling our strings as they so wish!!

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HeddwenCreaney
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5 years ago

I took one meaning to be that we are controlled by what we try to manipulate. We're controlled by the games we try to play, and in trying to act as puppet master, we loose control of ourselves.

Allan Carpenter
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5 years ago

That is very profound in any case.

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Daniel Zaslavsky
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4 years ago

illusion and deep sadness, beautiful work

James Wack
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5 years ago

Maybe the 'child' should direct the 'adult'...

Jacinta Breen
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5 years ago

Trying to fly to the moon, the man on the moon lol

Allan Carpenter
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5 years ago

Democracy; the puppet doll is the voting public and we tell the politician what to do. The moon is not as the real moon is. Is that suggesting that the whole game is false. Who is the real puppet master then?

Cami La Torre
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5 years ago

Being a puppet to our younger selves, and having that control who you become later in life. Also could refer to childhood trama affecting our adult life...influencing the outcome of our adult behaviors.

LiamPowell
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5 years ago

I view it as censorship. does anyone else think the moon looks a lot like the dream works moon? only now the child fishing from the moon is down on earth as it has it's hooks on us. the boy also resembles pinnochio, only now he's the one in control! censorship and subliminal messages controlling the people we grow up to become! I can't believe we live in a world where a womans nipple is less appropriate for children than buildings exploding!

LindaGogulskiRubin
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5 years ago

Puppet man

AdamTodd
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5 years ago

The things we think we control end up controlling us.

CallieNaidenova
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5 years ago

BINGO! Just like the parent-child relationship where the parent thinks that he/she controls the child but it is infact the opposite! So the pic must show that we think we choose the info we get and the way we persive it but it is infact imposed to us in a certain way. That's also why the child is a puppet that ironically has made the man a puppet.

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AdlianaAdnan
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5 years ago

Lost of imagination

StephenMann
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5 years ago

Those smaller than us conspire to use the moon to control us, really.

MariaMientenko
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5 years ago

I think that there isn't a child. There's a puppet. It's role reversal, but I don't know why the moon is important in this picture.

IzaBryja
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5 years ago

It might have political meaning. There was a polish very old movie "About two boys who stole the moon". Those boys were played by Jarosław Kaczyński and Lech Kaczyński - twin brothers. Both when gown up started to be politicians. One become a president, but died it plane crash - that was Lech Kaczyński. Jarosław is prime political group which is now in power. I think that the boy on the picture might be him (aspecially if both of brothers are famous of being not so tall). Maybe picture shows that politicians are controlling our live and using us to their own interests instead of serve citizens.

Allan Carpenter
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5 years ago

Makes sense. I had it the wrong way around. The politician is supposed to do what the people want but he is making the people do what he wants.

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JuliaCandalisa
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5 years ago

Lunacy: 1. insanity; mental disorder. 2. intermittent insanity, formerly believed to be related to phases of the moon. 3. extreme foolishness or an instance of it: Her decision to resign was sheer lunacy. 4. unsoundness of mind sufficient to incapacitate one for civil transactions: a former legal term.

DanitraDavid
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5 years ago

Day or night, work.

AleksandraPrusakiewicz
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5 years ago

Hehe aliens are controlling us and moon is their satelite!

AdityaMaheshwari
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5 years ago

Human's ambitions are making him a puppet..

JoleneCharlton
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5 years ago

I'm wondering if the reason that the child is animated is that the artist is implying that TV/movies influence our actions?

OanaAlexandrov
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5 years ago

The thought that you have a life is just a dream - you are living to serve others

JoyceMcNamara
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5 years ago

Does it being over the moon represent anything?

LaurieThrasher
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5 years ago

No sleep for you!

KylieStewart
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5 years ago

Corporate puppet!

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JuliaCandalisa
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5 years ago

Inside: i am still a young girl, wishing to fly away. To escape. Why were birds born with wings, and not I?

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JuliaCandalisa
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5 years ago

"I miss the BRAINS down in Aaaaafricaaaa"

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NicholasPerpiglia
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5 years ago

Business and capitalism are just means in which society can unload aggressiveness and the desire of dominance. Deep inside we are still all animals.

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MeganCarson
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5 years ago

The masks we wear

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JustinStrange
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5 years ago

How we are too focused on ourselves to see what's in front of us.

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KellyRenders
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5 years ago

Using money to get to higher grounds

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Shannon
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5 years ago

You've got "male"?

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ValentinaBacalu
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5 years ago

Nature is stronger than what people build ;)

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PhilipAtkins
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5 years ago

Big fish in a little pond; america isn't as great as it thinks it is without the cooperation/water of the rest of the world.

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BobbiNewell
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5 years ago

His imagination lifts him up out of his impoverished surroundings. But he is also his own worst enemy: if he swings his sword the wrong way, he'll cut the strings and come crashing painfully back to reality.

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AmberWong
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5 years ago

nothing is either black or white

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AdityaMaheshwari
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5 years ago

Despite how important a thing is, there is always a limit of having it, too much of anything is a bad idea.

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Norn
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5 years ago

being a slave to things I posses

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JustinStrange
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5 years ago

Overcrowding. We all live on top of each other.

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BonitaPotgieter
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5 years ago

Sometimes you think you protecting yourself when the very thing you thought was protecting you ends up causing the most damage...

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JustinStrange
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5 years ago

Climbing the corporate ladder just to watch your money fly away.

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PhilipAtkins
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5 years ago

We as people are larger than those giving the orders. We literally support those in power, and yet we follow their direction

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TyYamnitz
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5 years ago

The mind is influenced by its environment

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Norn
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5 years ago

slave of sexuality

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JonathanM
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5 years ago

The true nature of humans desires the idyll of the natural environment.

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LauraFox
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5 years ago

My husband and I always have the deep discussions about our life and marriage in the middle of the night. This one really resonates with me.

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Norn
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5 years ago

break free

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MalinaAlexandra
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5 years ago

Demons inside us are killing us or that dark side inside each of us

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Bianca Meglio
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5 years ago

religiions: who is the beast?

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Shannon
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5 years ago

See me for who i really am.

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DarleneAyars-Feazell
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5 years ago

Self imposed prison of addiction

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Norn
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5 years ago

cutting someone else´s legs won´t help you walk faster

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DouglasHamilton
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5 years ago

Fuel has become our water. Our way of life depends upon it.

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DarleneAyars-Feazell
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5 years ago

The distorted reality and transformation of matter to symbolize reality in dreams

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EmmaWood
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5 years ago

I think something might be bugging him :)

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JonathanM
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5 years ago

Freedom during evolution progresses to a mere symbol of liberty.

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PhilipAtkins
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5 years ago

We can evolve and change, but our future is literally either going to be flooded or filled with pollution

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