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Israeli artist Maren Esdar
creates strikingly beautiful, ornamental illustrations that often look like the pages of high gloss fashion magazines came to life. Her mixed media compositions are made from a variety of images, giving her figures a kind of Arcimboldo effect, carrying meaning and association through a myriad of individual components.
Alive with whimsical details, femininity and glamour, her collages often make you look twice, discovering countless objects that contribute to the narration of the image as a whole. To create them, Esdar uses the classic collage method of cutting and pasting in combination with modern digital rendering techniques through Photoshop.
Her work often references literature, philosophy and the natural world, which gives the pieces a unique, slightly creepy, dream like quality.
Born in Tel Aviv, Esdar ventured to Hamburg and London to receive her education as an artist, stylist and illustrator. In the course of her career as an artist, she managed to build an impressive list of clients including Elle, Vogue, The New York Times and W magazine as well as being featured in various book publications.