Floresta # 1


Ruud van Empel

Floresta #1, 2018
Archival Pigment Print
105 x 150 cm
Edition of 7 + 2 AP


Artist's Studio

Detail Description

His latest works, from the series Floresta Negra, present synthesised, hybrid worlds, where looming flowers and oversized leaves become the focus of the compositions. Works on display from the 2018 series Floresta Negra, take as their subject nocturnal forest scenes, eerily backlit by starlight or by glistening bioluminescence. It presents bountiful and lush land or waterscapes that overwhelm with a variety of complex colours and forms. Placing plants together that would not naturally coexist, van Empel also subtly alters the lighting and scale in his images in order to construct a variety of uncanny and impossible worlds.

Following in the romantic tradition, van Empel’s highly-stylised digital collages seek out the sublime, the subjective and stirring experience of the natural world, and therefore engage with a contemporary disenchantment with urban and technological realities.

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Floresta # 1


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