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Surreal Collages by Albane Simon

The French Artist Animates Her Mythological Pastiches

Posted by Gestalten—01/2016

There is an inherent subversion in the act of collaging: images are isolated and recast in new narratives, thereby twisting and contorting their meaning. As such, the medium offers fertile soil for visual storytelling. A new generation of artists—including French illustrator Albane Simon—is pushing pastiches to their outer limits. Based in Paris, Simon creates animated collages using photographs and drawings that have already yellowed with age. Currents of surrealism run through each story as fish fly through the sky and cymbals orbit an exposed brain. Though the juxtapositions alone are striking in their defiance of reason, rationality, and physics, the animations redirect the storylines, which sink even deeper into the world of fantasy. 

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Images © Albane Simon