Plastic Bag Landscapes / Vilde Rolfsen


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塑料袋风景出自1990年出生的奥斯陆女性艺术家Vilde Rolfsen之手,她现居伦敦,正在持续的创建这个项目。她运用光线与色彩让塑料袋看起来非同凡响,宛如一道风景。而塑料袋正是世界上最巨大的一类垃圾,其不可降解性的特征严重的污染了海洋和陆地。项目中所运用到的塑料袋都是从伦敦街头捡到–它们真是太随处可见了。一组直面消费文化,力求通过“美”而引起人们重视一些由我们自身造成环境困局的意义作品。


My practice is based around human obsession with objects, and the relationship we have with them. Being born into a use and throw culture, I have found an interest for consumerism, and the way we value objects. Since I started my practice I have been observing how people relate to objects; it is these observations I am trying to explore in my photographs.




My findings have showed me that people take everyday objects for granted, for example a plastic bag or a Brillo pad. You use them for a couple of things, carry your groceries or scrub your dishes. By removing the objects from their original function, I am forcing the viewer to look at the object as an aesthetic thing rather than a  useful thing. I challenge society’s perceptions of everyday objects, because these objects are of such normality  they become surreal in a photograph.

What started as an obsession for objects has now grown into an interest for the object itself, and an obsession for taking photos of them. By choosing familiar objects that most people can relate to, I create art that can be understood and interpreted on several levels and by most people.




For the project ‘Plastic Bag Landscapes’ I use plastic bags, which I have found in the street. By using light and different colored cardboard, I play with perspective. When the studio lights hits the plastic and the colours shine through, the plastic bag does not look like a plastic bag anymore, but makes the plastic bag look like an imaginary landscape.

I merge commercial and fine art practices, by combining the carefully arranged and the accidental. My images hoover between the casual and deliberate. I often approach my work in an editorial way, retouching and spending a lot of my time working on the image in post-production. This is a way for me to study my work in a more careful manner. It is a time where I can reflect and consider it. Although what I enjoy most about making photographs is to create the sets, the lighting and the placement of the object and the camera. Because for me that’s what it’s really about. Not just clicking a button, but create an image as a whole.








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