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Limited edition artwork on museum-quality Hahnemühle Bamboo FineArt Paper (290 gsm, 90% bamboo fibers, 10% cotton), signed and numbered on the front and on the back, embossed with an authenticity stamp, comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

Let them go.

Sometimes,
the best thing you can do
for someone you love
is to let them go.
Set them free.
Wish them happiness and
set them free.

Set yourself free.
- Najawa Zebian

The symbolic nature of fish is as inseparable from that of water as the two are connected in life. In psychology, water symbolizes the depths of the unconscious, and fish are the "live material from the depths of the personality, relating to fertility and the life-giving powers of the maternal realms within us" (Biederman, 131). Fish can also represent the evolution of the soul.

My Style: Psychorealism

My works are a depiction of psychological and emotional states, whether existing or desired. So in this sense, I can’t call them surrealistic, as surrealism is based on dreams and unconscious, but rather "psycorealistic" or subjectively realistic.

The “realistic” part is very important to me. I want to make my images as believable as possible, therefore I like to keep little imperfections like wrinkles on clothes or wall cracks untouched, or should I say unretouched.

At the same time, my goal is to surprise the viewer and make their jaws drop, simultaneously finding comfort, relief, and release in what they see.

I use the instruments of minimalism, reducing all the clutter, to make my works look sharper, more straightforward, and to the point. I want to give my audience a breath of fresh air when they look away from the messy, unstable, polluted, and chaotic real world and get into a clean, controlled, and calm reality, where it’s ok to be yourself. It’s like finding a psychological or (you can say “spiritual”) home.

What kind of feeling does it bring to your home?

Peace and tranquility. Strength and confidence. A grain of melancholy. With a bit of a whim, mystery, and fantasy. It will always be a gentle and quiet reminder that nothing is what it seems and you should always go deeper to perceive the true meaning.

How I work

I choose muted tones, strictly organized compositions, clean minimalistic spaces, and lots of symbolism to convey my ideas. Each visual story here has a definite plot but is always open to interpretation.

My Process

Each photo takes from 1 week to several months of planning and preparations: thinking through the story and the plot, planning the color scheme, sketching, scouting for locations, creating the props, choosing the suitable wardrobe, looking for the right makeup and hairstyle looks and then blending it all together. In some cases, a whole team is involved in the shooting process.

I never use stock imagery to create my art, I shoot all the details myself right there on location, so when everything is combined in the final piece the work looks as realistic as possible, no matter how surreal it might seem at a first glance.

Editing is a big part of the creative process, often the whole concept might change while I digitally develop the work. Editing is usually done after 2-3 months after the shooting has been done. This allows me to reevaluate and deepen my initial intentions and ideas.

Materials used:

Hahnemühle Bamboo FineArt Paper (290 gsm, 90% bamboo fibers, 10% cotton)

Tags:
#sea #minimalism #water #ocean #surreal #fish #women art #peace #symbolism #dreamlike 
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Let it Go (2015)
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Limited edition artwork on museum-quality Hahnemühle Bamboo FineArt Paper (290 gsm, 90% bamboo fibers, 10% cotton), signed and numbered on the front and on the back, embossed with an authenticity stamp, comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

Let them go.

Sometimes,
the best thing you can do
for someone you love
is to let them go.
Set them free.
Wish them happiness and
set them free.

Set yourself free.
- Najawa Zebian

The symbolic nature of fish is as inseparable from that of water as the two are connected in life. In psychology, water symbolizes the depths of the unconscious, and fish are the "live material from the depths of the personality, relating to fertility and the life-giving powers of the maternal realms within us" (Biederman, 131). Fish can also represent the evolution of the soul.

My Style: Psychorealism

My works are a depiction of psychological and emotional states, whether existing or desired. So in this sense, I can’t call them surrealistic, as surrealism is based on dreams and unconscious, but rather "psycorealistic" or subjectively realistic.

The “realistic” part is very important to me. I want to make my images as believable as possible, therefore I like to keep little imperfections like wrinkles on clothes or wall cracks untouched, or should I say unretouched.

At the same time, my goal is to surprise the viewer and make their jaws drop, simultaneously finding comfort, relief, and release in what they see.

I use the instruments of minimalism, reducing all the clutter, to make my works look sharper, more straightforward, and to the point. I want to give my audience a breath of fresh air when they look away from the messy, unstable, polluted, and chaotic real world and get into a clean, controlled, and calm reality, where it’s ok to be yourself. It’s like finding a psychological or (you can say “spiritual”) home.

What kind of feeling does it bring to your home?

Peace and tranquility. Strength and confidence. A grain of melancholy. With a bit of a whim, mystery, and fantasy. It will always be a gentle and quiet reminder that nothing is what it seems and you should always go deeper to perceive the true meaning.

How I work

I choose muted tones, strictly organized compositions, clean minimalistic spaces, and lots of symbolism to convey my ideas. Each visual story here has a definite plot but is always open to interpretation.

My Process

Each photo takes from 1 week to several months of planning and preparations: thinking through the story and the plot, planning the color scheme, sketching, scouting for locations, creating the props, choosing the suitable wardrobe, looking for the right makeup and hairstyle looks and then blending it all together. In some cases, a whole team is involved in the shooting process.

I never use stock imagery to create my art, I shoot all the details myself right there on location, so when everything is combined in the final piece the work looks as realistic as possible, no matter how surreal it might seem at a first glance.

Editing is a big part of the creative process, often the whole concept might change while I digitally develop the work. Editing is usually done after 2-3 months after the shooting has been done. This allows me to reevaluate and deepen my initial intentions and ideas.

Materials used:

Hahnemühle Bamboo FineArt Paper (290 gsm, 90% bamboo fibers, 10% cotton)

Tags:
#sea #minimalism #water #ocean #surreal #fish #women art #peace #symbolism #dreamlike 
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Dasha Pears is an award-winning artist, using conceptual fine-art photography as her main medium. Completely self-taught in photography, she is materializing her life experiences, realizations, feelings, and conclusions about life... Read more

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