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15th January 2017
Surreal photomontages made using classic film techniques

Artist Suzanne Moxhay produces photomontage scenes which seem to effortlessly combine the natural and urban worlds.

To create these pieces, Moxhay relies on a film technique dating back to the early 20th century called matte painting, a process where backdrops are illustrated on glass panels and integrated into live-action sets. Memorable films such as Mary Poppins, Planet of the Apes and Indiana Jones predominantly used this technique.

Using her own photographs and collected imagery she creates the illusion that all of her disparate pictures are one cohesive image, first arranging the fragments on glass, then re-photographing the new configuration, and finally touching up the compositions digitally.

“In my recent work I have been exploring concepts of spatial containment in montages built from fragments of photographed and painted interiors,” says Moxhay.

“Architectures are disrupted by anomalous elements – contradictory light sources, faulty perspective, paradoxes of scale. Light casts shadows in the wrong direction, walls fail to meet in corners, an area of the image can be seen either as an enclosing wall or dark overcast sky.”

Moxhay lives and works in London. You can see more of her photomontage scenes on her website. (via This Is Colossal)