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The notion of “grotesque” refers to artistic experimentation with imaginative floral, animal and human motifs. The word comes from grottoes, or caves inhabited by monsters. The monstrous is often associated with the unintentional “play of nature” (lusus naturae). Naturally occurring curiosities such as rock formations, anthropomorphic tree shapes or odd patterns activate the human mind in search for meanings.

Pools of water stimulate imagination. When it rains, the pond fills up and expands only to shrink again through evaporation. I started experimenting in situ with the rocky surfaces and photographed gently manipulated scenes where my own shadow coincides and interacts with the outlines of the water pools accentuated by various found objects such as pieces of feather, plants or stones.

See more images of the project:
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Animal Aberrations
  • Obscene
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