Carolyn Lefley‘s Realm photo series.
I make photographs that depict a world that floats between reality and fantasy, between believable spaces and sites of make believe. I am interested in the relationship between literary fiction and fantasy stories and the inherent make-believe qualities of a photograph. Photographs are windows to another world and as such have a magical quality to them. In my new work Realm I have created digitally altered photographs, where the familiar place of the home becomes a portal into mythical realm. This fascinated authors such as C S Lewis and George MacDonald. The realm of Narnia is entered through a wardrobe and the layers of fur coats inside which become trees.
Danish artist Maria Rubinke creates traditional porcelain sculptures, but in a twisted manner. Her sculptural works portrait children in gruesome situations. A combination of cute and gore. Although criticized by many, Maria Rubinke has her unique art style.
Polish artistic photographer Emerald Wake prefers to photograph at dusk when day changes into night and the harsh sunlight goes away to give its place to the warm and soft glow of the evening light.
Poetic macro and nature photography.
All images ©Emerald Wake
Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko captures spectacular images of little creatures interacting with their natural surroundings.
Moki Mioke in her acrylic paintings merges humans with nature, cloaking them in green meadows or calm waters. The Berlin-based artist finds inspiration in Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki’s work (Spirited Away) as well as in nature. As Moki explains the paintings depict lonely northern landscapes: isolated Scandinavian and Icelandic terrain, a subarctic frozen lake continent, untouched caves and moss meadows, and mountains sculpted into anatomical shapes by wind and water.
Many of Moki’s works can be found in her book, a 128-page hardcover called How to Disappear.
Tiébélé, a village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, is known for its amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture. Houses are made of a sun-dried mix of clay, soil, straw and cow droppings, mixed by foot to create strong pottery-like structures. The walls are painted with colored mud and chalk and tell an expressive story of the ancient tribe’s culture. Decorating is always a community project done by the women and it’s an old practice that dates from the sixteenth century.
Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s dark cosmology and horror films, Portland-based artist Jim Kazanjian creates surreal architectural photo collages. Kazanjian never takes any photographs himself, but instead combines as many as 50 images found on the internet to create each collage in the series. “My method of construction has an improvisational and random quality to it, since it is largely driven by the source material I have available,” says Kazanjian. “I think of the work as a type of mutation which can haphazardly spawn in numerous and unpredictable directions.” The result: a surreal world in black and white.
Sophie, Photographe since 2010 sticks her animal portraits in Paris, to create fun and intriguing situations. She thoroughly prepares each installation as each animal must find its place in space, the neighborhood, the street… A walking elephant, an owl landed on a cable, a giraffe coming out of the door… all images are perfectly integrated into the detail of the urban environment. The city, architecture, and decor appear to the viewer along with the strange animal is distinguished…
Sophie’s Animals on the streets of Paris has been included as part of Centre Pompidou Hors pistes 2012 (ref. interview). © All images courtesy of the artist
Tomohiro Inaba is attracted to iron as a material among other reasons because it begins to rust and decay upon contact with air, practically the moment it is created. Though made from solid wire, many of his works appear freely woven. Like caught between two dimensions, start off anatomically perfect, but they end in to disintegrate into thin air.
Korean sculptor Lila Jang has created surreal versions of 18th-century French furniture. Tables, chairs, desks, and stools are transformed from ordinary to extraordinary. Living in a tiny Parisian apartment, Jang found joy in escaping monotony by bending furniture into shape so these could fit into the tiny space.
Says Jang, “My work represents who and where we are as human beings: in the midpoint of that constant struggle between reality and the ideal.”