Stephen Eichhorn

The supremely talented Chicago-based artist who is infatuated by orchids, cacti and cats.

The intricate collages he’s become known for lately carry evidence of architectural interests: “I’m looking at plant forms as architectural elements, as recurring structures that mimic something manmade,” he says.

“It’s about the complex harmony between the natural and the manmade.” To make them, he applies his laser focusing skills in a more literal sense, spending 8 to 10 monotonous hours each day snipping out tiny plant and flower parts.