Stylish retro and subtle surre in the pictures
The brighter and more diverse the work, the more interesting it is. Following this rule, German artist Catherine Welz-Stein (Catrin Welz-Stein) combines incompatible things. Her works are an amazing symbiosis of children’s fairy tales, mysteriously mystical short stories, old illustrations, time-battered photographs and postcards found by chance somewhere in the attic, and, perhaps, at the flea market.
Apparently, Catherine decided not to adhere to a definite answer “yes” or “no” to a number of questions that often interest not only the viewer, but also the artist himself. Building on her own feelings, thoughts and fantasies, she creates surrealistic collages with a slight touch of retro-style, where the distinctive feature is faded, almost faded colors and characteristic faces with subtle lines.
But each time, thinking about something definite, the author delves into the ideas invented by people at the stage of denial, when it seems that it is not and vice versa. This is a unique game with one single move “may, cannot”, in which the prioritization is a waste of time.
What is reality? What we see daily, relying on our own vision and sensations? But, what if the world around is a figment, someone’s evil joke, a maze and a cell, where each of us was. And to go all the way, having found the way out, it is necessary to overcome many obstacles erected in one’s own head. Someone closes the door behind the past, and someone, still relying on bad experience, hides his heart in a small cozy cage, fencing off people and trying to fix and change something.
While some are lighting the stars in the sky to illuminate the travelers hundreds of roads, others are looking for a pier for their own ships, trying to throw the anchor deeper. So what is reality really and does it exist at all? Perhaps the answer to this question will not succeed for a long time. And in order not to speculate, the great creators came up with surrealism, thanks to which everyone sees what he wants to see, remembering that everything in this world is relative, like a shaky illusion woven from various images that flash before our eyes …
Human imagination knows no bounds, especially when it comes to creative personalities. For example, the photo artist Hadi Maliyni creates brilliant photos in the style of surrealism.