The glamour of old Hollywood imbues Britsh artist Claire Pestaille’s collages with a sense of undeniable beauty. Yet her work is not just about surface. “The realm of dreams, with their magical, absurd, uncanny simulations of reality” are some of the inspirations for her current series Le Reve de Fleur. Here she combines her signature black-and-white photographic pieces with pressed wild flowers, “to create a vehicle for intervention and preservation,” she explains. “The flowers act as elements for transformation, and echo the essence of nostalgia in the photographic image”. Pestaille creates connections between the narrative of the original image and another dream-imaginary space. In some pieces, images are layered with text or flipped into negative. Ideas around death and absence are juggled with ideas around the representation of beauty, and what it means to be a woman in front of the lens.
The Age of Collage features work by Adam Pendleton, Amie Dicke, Claire Pestaille, Anthony Zinonos, Collier Schorr, David Noonan, Dennis Busch, Eva Koťátková, Jesse Draxler, Johanna Goodman, Kelly Maker, Kensuke Koike, Larry Achiampong, Lola Dupre, Matthieu Bourel, Penny Slinger, Peter Horvath, Sergei Sviatchenko, Weronika Gęsicka, Yinka Shonibare, and many others.