Basic Surreal - Tina Zimmermann

Author: Tina Zimmermann
Date: Jan 7, 2003

Digital photographs of natural objects like stones, feathers, nuts, shells etc. are arranged into layered compositions, often in combination with geometrical linework.

I am choosing a few out of hundreds of digital photographs and release the most interesting objects out of their original setting into a neutral background. Aesthetic considerations and intuitive choices guide the process of composition and manipulation of the natural image components and geometry, until the layering and position reaches a subjective state of completion.

The finished collages are printed on canvas or photo papers and are used as slides in projection media environments. They are also the source elements for the creation of biomechanic animations. The understanding and application of geometric forms have been vital steps towards the development of human culture. Until today art, writing, architecture, spirituality and science all rely on the basic concepts of geometry, which are, like nature and numbers, universal truths regardless of culture, religion or language.

Referring to the inherent geometry of natural objects by transposing technical linework and positioning elements in specific proportion to each other, I am digitally exploring the universal language of geometry, semiotics and symbols. In composing geometry and natural objects in new contexts I am creating surreal iconic characters that communicate, in a universal graphic language, feelings and concepts of my sub- and unconscious. Becoming an element of a digital collage, the original objects, a leaf, a pebble or berry, sheds its neutral biological, functional definition in favour of evolving into a conceptually charged character, open to formal and psychological discourse and association.


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Digital photographs of natural objects like stones, feathers, nuts, shells etc. are arranged into layered compositions, often in combination with geometrical linework. I am choosing a few out of hundreds of digital photographs and release the most interesting objects out of their original setting into a neutral background. Aesthetic considerations and intuitive choices guide the process of composition and manipulation of the natural image components and geometry, until the layering and position reaches a subjective state of completion. The finished collages are printed on canvas or photo papers and are used as slides in projection media environments. They are also the source elements for the creation of biomechanic animations.


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