Arcimboldiana by Anna Tokarska

Arcimboldiana by Anna Tokarska

Polish photographer Anna Tokarska constructs arcimboldo inspired faces from colorful food, vegetables, flowers and other vegetation. “Arcimboldiana is a set of eight photographic pastiches inspired by the works of the Italian mannerist, often referred to as the precursor of surrealism, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The inspiration behind the concept is my interest in pastiche as a means of artistic expression. Arcimboldo, b. 1527 in Milan, was a versatile artist, who for twenty-six years remained in the service of the Habsburgs, serving as court painter and favored advisor to the emperor for artistic matters. Arcimboldo’s specialty were the so-called, allegorical portraits in which he used individual elements of the composition as carriers of subtle metaphors. His paintings depict elements of still life; mainly fruits, vegetables, flowers, animals, roots and other vegetation, books or kitchen utensils that take on human form and character; a testament to his creative power of imagination. His painting met the mannerist principle called capriccio; an extraordinary work, unusual, bizarre, ingenious, which has the power to surprise the recipient and carry out a mental/optical play with it.”

Anna Tokarska (born 1982) is a visual creative working mostly with photography and painting. A graduate of The Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw (Poland), class of photography and multimedia, with honors. Her favorite subjects in photography are abstract, portrait and creative advertising. In painting; abstract expressionism.

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