From Oceans To Galaxies, These Cups Of Joe Have Everything In Them But Coffee

"Who knows, maybe we are all in someone else's coffee cup..."

Forget coffee — there are stars in these cups.

New York-based graphic designer Victoria Siemer, also known as "Witchoria," creates fascinating, surreal photo art "that reflect[s] her penchant for ennui, existential crisis and heartbreak," according to her website

Her photo series, "Coffee Cup Manipulations," features exquisite scenes within the confines of a coffee cup; From oceans to galaxies, these certainly aren't your average cups of joe. 

The manipulations "are a really nice way to wake up my creativity for the day," Siemer tells A Plus. "Aesthetically, I was playing around with the idea of microcosms, imagining an entire universe in my cup." 

"Who knows, maybe we are all in someone else's coffee cup right now," she adds.

Siemer explains that her images portray different messages depending on the day; "My work is very largely about my life and what is happening in it." And when SHE struggles to find the words to express her emotions, she finds it much easier to express things visually. 

Moreover, Siemer adds there's both vulnerability and freedom in partnering emotions and real life with art.

"Life is hard, things get messy, and sometimes the only way to deal with it is to find a way to laugh about it."

With over 50,000 followers on Instagram, her work has created quite the social media buzz, and she says the attention has pushed her to become a better designer.

And Siemer's advice to other graphic designers and artists can be summed up in two words: "Embrace failure."

In taking her own advice, she has found a way to turn failures into successes.

"Like a phoenix, rise out of those damn ashes," she adds.

Check out more photos from the series below:

For more of Siemer's work, including series such as "Geometric Reflections" and "Human Error," check out her Instagram and website. 

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