Anne Ten Donkelaar is a Netherlands-based artist who specialises in Flower Constructions. These are essentially flower collages, created from a variety of materials, from real flowers to cut-out pictures of flowers, all painstakingly put together and pinned at different heights to give the impression of depth, then displayed behind glass in shadow frames. These floral arrangements don’t conform to our learned notion of proportion or reality, but their unreal or hyper-real quality, juxtaposed against a clean white background, makes them all the more intriguing.
Click here for Anne’s website. Here’s Anne’s own explanation of what her Flower Constructions are about:
“(2011-2012) Imagine a big bang, a firework of flower seeds thrown into space. What would happen? New fragile flowers arise, new flower planets start evolving, planets where no one has ever been. These detailed landscapes seem to be elevated so you can walk through them. Weeds become poetry, each unique twig gets attention, nature seems to float.
Flower constructions are 3d collages from pressed flowers and cut out flower pictures. Each element is meticulously placed on pins which creates the depth. Some of them are like a fantasy Herbaria, filled with dried flowers or branches, with irregular shapes and sophisticated twists and some refer to planets”.
I’ve found some of Anne’s delicate floral work on Google Images, feast your eyes here:
Anne’s artistic prowess does not stop at flowers. She also has a penchant for preserving butterflies and insects, not just as collages behind glass, but also as wearable jewellery. Have a look at these other beautiful offerings by Anne:
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