|Medium||Giclée on Hahnemühle Pearl paper|
Photography: Colour, Digital, Manipulated on Paper.
COALSHED FACE by Miss Aniela is filled with art history to visually transport the viewer and restaurant diner into the vivid history of food. Originally specifically commissioned and on permanent display at The Coal Shed Restaurant at Tower Bridge, London.
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Split into two halves: sea and sea life, sailors and fishing whilst the other half explodes with intense flames of fire ripping through hunks of meat cooking on coals. The piece is filled with minute detail of countless paintings telling the story of humans' relationship with food from primitive hunter-gatherer to aristocratic dining: splicing sections of works by Cornelius de Heem, Luis Egidio Meléndez, Jan Steen, Pieter Claesz, Adriaen van Utrecht, Alexandre François Desportes amongst many others, with reference to the Thames and Tower Bridge. Coalshed Face is the third large-scale piece in the Face series by Miss Aniela after Kai Face and Bloom Face.
About the Artist
British artist Miss Aniela (Natalie Dybisz, b. 1986) mixes art and fashion photography to create a fine balance of contemporary creativity. Her work centres on a fusion of traditional imagery and digitally enhanced motifs, interweaving in a surreal composition.
Her longstanding collection Surreal Fashion has been exhibited and collected all over the globe. In the imagery, Miss Aniela depicts contemporary models with a reference to Renaissance and Dutch masters, shooting in stately home settings across Europe and US. Larger-than-life characters preside over a dreamlike tableaux of chandeliers, taxidermy and four-poster beds; motifs for another, utopic world of the past that we long to inhabit.