10.07.2015

Gabrielle Kannemeyer's Collage Art

Gabrielle Kannemeyer collage art comprises photographs of the looks that she puts together as well as the backdrops that they're photographed against.

Super-stylist and Superbalist 100'r, Gabrielle Kannemeyer, often finds herself working from breathtaking locations. So, being a natural documentarian, Gabbi then photographs both the looks that she puts together as well as the backdrops that she finds herself embedded in.

 

 

Problem is, the digital hoarder holds onto every bit of information on her phone and laptop, making her tech run at glacial speeds. It was this problem that birthed Gabbi's collage art.

"Over the past couple months I have accumulated loads, and I mean loads, of images of great places and beautiful people, which made me realise that I have a hard time letting go of images. It's a tedious affliction to have. Collaging has provided some catharsis and space on my hard-drive. By juxtaposing various images into one picture, I compress the information I've collected into smaller files. It makes me happy, it's very liberating."

Gabbi took all the photographs, from various shoots, with the exception of the blue snowy mountain, which was photographed by Gabbi's mom and sent to her when she was living at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. 

"The whole landscape thing is probably rooted in the fact that I've never been overseas, so the landscapes are very much wacky dream locations with crazy hues that allow me to kind of imagine I've been to different lands or spaces."

The selections are based mostly on colour and composition and Gabbi loves the contrast and photoshoppy look of the photos.

"I like leaving behind rough edges, unfinished bits and blatant clone marks. I'm very interested in construction and deconstruction in both fashion, garments, and the photograph."

Right now the artist is busy sorting through some dusty folders of old film images of landscapes that she photographed while studying fine art  at Michaelis. There's no real plan to do anything with the work that she's busy amassing, other than to let it grow organically.

"I'll probably do this till I get bored of it or get over the habit of stashing images all over the place."

Knowing Gabbi she'll keep building these compositions and adding to her new visual image bank and when that gets too full, well, perhaps we'll see an exhibition of the work? We can hope.