Margriet Smulders' photographic work is both enchanting and ominous. For inspiration, this Dutch artist surely draws upon the saturated, chiaroscuro work of Dutch masters of the past but her abstract, contemporary still life compositions are rendered in lurid color. She shoots flowers, fruit, greenery, and branches on mirrors full of water, milk, and ink. The effect is a verdant, throbbing, dripping, bosky sense that seems about to tip into withering, rotting, decomposing territory. This tension makes her work immediate and vital.
Top to bottom: Leda; Which wounded Bossoms fits; Zoenoffer/Sacrifica; Itaparica; Tulips for Rembrandt I; Heaven it's a Place I