More from the plastic and print series: colourful plastic sheets are placed over the fashion pages of an old magazine. The fifties dresses and elegant poses of the models conjure up images from fairytales; indeed the ‘Disney Princess’ came into the cultural sphere during this era.
Elise Mesner’s photography embodies the aesthetics of ‘Clean’, her crisp images sit comfortably in our digital world – fittingly I discovered Mesner’s work on Instagram. High definition photographs with bright colours are commonplace in the art world today, but Mesner remains original by adding surreal aspects and creating images which are nonsensical but visually delightful.
I’ve taken a series of photographs using coloured plastic sheets and old magazines. The result is collage-like compositions which feature geometric shapes, interesting textures and vivid colours. I’ve divided the photographs into different themes based on their content: features, fairy tale, consumer culture, beauty and advertising. Here is the Features series.
I always feel a bit guilty when I write about sculptures and installations, because often I’ve never experienced them in real life. This can be said for most of the artworks I write about and it has its downsides; online images give you false dimensions and reduce the sensory experience to a purely visual one.
May is one of those key turning points in the year when the weather becomes a little bit warmer, the atmosphere becomes hazier and colours are saturated in the spring sunshine. It is also a time for exams and endings, and my life seems pretty full of these right now which is why I haven’t been able to post anything recently.