Ilona Plaum

Amsterdam, NL

Ilona Plaum (b. 1970, the Netherlands) is fascinated by the growth and movement of nature. Referencing the conventions of the still life, her subjects are invariably found, organic objects re-appropriated into abstract forms; twisted branches, leaves and flowers framed by paper crowns. Plaum traverses space and time through the experience of an ancient tree, or a plant reaching towards sunlight through a dense canopy. Her research into perception has afforded a mastery of shadow and depth, endowing her images with a tangible sense of physicality. Paint, tape and other materials create a shifting, tactile backdrop and using sculpture she transforms the flat surface of a photograph into a three-dimensional immersive experience.

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