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Dream on !
Dream on is a visual storytelling series that started out as a creative outlet during the pandemic lockdown, bringing together a surreal experience through photography and digital painting techniques. The images are otherworldly, composing pink elephants in idyllic landscapes floating on clouds, through nature, but also placed in spaces of confinement. Dream on exposes the absurdity of our reality in the everyday, but also the fantastical nature of where our minds lead us in isolated, stagnant periods. Playful and dream-like, these anthropomorphistic elephants remind the viewer of the exploratory nature of our minds. In a time of stagnation where travel and novelty experiences are limited, Dream on indulges in these desires. With child-like wonder and curiosity a universal story of escapism is created between the seams of physical reality and the imagination.
Soapbubble Studies Lockdown Edition
Lockdown Soap Bubbles Studies is a collection of works born out of the 2020 pandemic, and part of the wider Soap Bubbles Studies photography series which depicts soap bubbles floating in front of uninhabited natural landscapes. In place of the natural settings characteristics of the original images, Plank uses a photography backdrop of kitsch landscapes set up in her own backyard.
Started as a direct response to the travel restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the backdrop element of Lockdown offers a humorous twist on the impersonal photos of palm trees and idyllic beaches, for instance prevalent as floor-to-ceiling wallpaper in the 70s and 80s. The resulting photographs don’t disguise the use of a backdrop; the highly saturated colours hint at an artificial perfection, while the creases from the stretched out backdrop are kept visible in the final image.
In Lockdown Soap Bubbles Studies, Plank plays with the juxtaposition of a fleeting soap bubble, reminiscent of childhood and about to burst at any second, with an intemporal background that remains forever unchanged and perfect. The contrast between the floating suds and the immobile palm fronds invites contemplation and hints at a fragile transience — perhaps a commentary on the 2020 global experience of keeping things on hold, or an echo of the impermanence of life on earth.
Free Printable 2021 Calendar
Dear 2021 !
2020 seems to have been written by Steven King and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Please be more like this pinkish flying whale thingy ! We could need some Alice in Wonderland meets the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and maybe a tiny bit of some Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love. So here´s to you something to guide you through 2021.
Free PIY 2021 Calendar .
*recommended printing size A3// free for personal use. Do not resell or use commercially !
Marlies Plank is a photographic artist and graphic designer whose work surveys the surreal, the dreamlike and the uncanny. Born in Vienna in 1981, she has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and North America at galleries including the Museum of Photography, Los Angeles ,Pavlovs Dog Gallery, Berlin and had her work presented at Billboards across L.A. Clients include Maison Valentino, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Seabourn Cruise Line and Harvard Business Review among others.
She amalgamates digital photography and post production techniques. Her vibrant works explore humanistic ideas, and often convey rich emotion through the superimposition of vibrant colours, patterns and designs over her photographs. This enables a considered survey of the overlap between real life and the dream state, as well as the emotions that the surreal is capable of conjuring up.