Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kathryn Fisher reviews Isabelle Wenzel

Isabelle Wenzel is an artist who primarily focuses on the physical form of the human body. In 2010 Wenzel created a series entitled “Building Images” in she photographed women in awkward and sometimes seemingly impossible positions. This project is intended to be an homage to the boredom that a person can feel working in an office all day. When speaking about the project Wenzel says, “I have never worked in an office and found it fascinating to see how functional and minimal the movements of people are in such a space. It made me wonder how long I could keep sitting still.” These images are an expression of what Wenzel may do if she was forced to work in an office environment all of the time.

Wenzel’s selections of colors in her images are wonderful. The majority of the images are composed with neutral colors, with the figure wearing a lovely pop of color. I am in love with how successfully Wenzel has captured the feeling of wanting to escape, or stick your head in a bucket, after being part of the drudgery of office work. These images are beautiful, funny, and make you consider if people are really suited for office work. These photos show the strain and effort that it takes to continuously work in the same office, doing the same thing day in and day out.

1 comment:

  1. BUTT, I'm not sure I understand the concept of these shots Kat. I need more! lol!