While looking for something new to infuse into her works, New York-based illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado discovered dirt's potential as a medium for creating art. While dirt itself is neither lavish nor interesting, the artist transforms any preconceptions you may have about her medium.

In the series "Dirty Little Secrets," the artist depicts recognizable subjects while she adds accents with other appropriate materials including leaves, a chain, and shoelaces. Her mixed-media works, presented in their final forms through photographs, play with depth, dimension, and meaning. Although most of her pieces directly reference a specific item, the artist leaves her works open for interpretation.

Rosado says, "Each image has it's own meaning. Viewers can decide what they really see and what it means to them individually. Who knows, they may find some dirty little secrets.'"

[via SR Artwork]