In the photography of Isolde Woudstra (1982, The Netherlands) everything seems ever so natural but confusing at the same time. She creates images that seem both possible and unlikely, by specially curating a scene that could have been extracted deep from within the human psyche. The images cut out all unnecessary noise and leave us with clean, yet very natural and unpolished self-referential freeze frames. Spoon bending daily-life with the aid of her lens, Woudstra shines through the latent relatable darkness of her autonomous vision. Today we’re pleased to share a selection of Isolde’s work.
Through didactic representations of the unknowable, Isolde’s uncanny world is beautiful and dark – a nightmare that you wouldn’t mind having framed on your nightstand. Describing her work as ‘a scene that could have been extracted deep from within the human psyche’, she nearly camouflages her subjects with what seems to be an ‘accidental’ or ‘everyday environment’. By confronting ideas of death, Isolde’s work transcends reality. She proves that a fleeting body of work that intends to confront can also skillfully distract and confuse.
To view more of Isolde’s work, please visit her website.