“I’m constantly searching for ways to use artificial materials to create the illusion of something natural.” In her works, Ann plays a trick on us, and in doing so, touches upon one of photography’s most fundamental properties: its disturbing relationship with reality.
In this interview, she talks about her inspirations and career:
As a part of my work I want to test the make-ability of things. I’m constantly searching for ways to use artificial materials to create the illusion of something natural that resembles my visual memory. For example, a while ago I saw an image of a frozen waterfall, and the shape and colors of the water instantly made me think of solidified wax. That’s when the inspiration starts.
Although I spend most of the time making the scale model, a lot of the credibility depends on how the model is photographed: the lighting, the point of view, the cut-out. It is the final image that can really test human perception, and I’m very intrigued by that. When I’m making the model, I’m concentrated and working straight-forward. But when I start photographing it, the game begins for me. All context disappears and the model becomes a whole new ‘playground’.
It is definitely a good way to start showing my work, because this is something I find quite difficult myself. The focus on young artists is very inspiring. I not only get to show my work, but I also get to know other artists.
To keep creating. Right now, I’m working on two new images, for which i explore aerial views.I will continue to work in the same genre of photography for a bit, because I feel that I have not yet fully investigated it. And who knows what the future holds after that.