In her playful still lifes, Canadian photographer Virginie Gosselin marries her surrealist aesthetic with her longtime interest in food, cultivated from her childhood at a farm in Quebec. For her conceptual food images, the photographer draws inspiration from an unlikely set of muses: the aisles of the local grocer, discarded objects at yard sales, the advertorial imagery of mid-century America, and everything in between.
Gosselin is drawn to sterile and artificial light, making even the most familiar foods appear entirely foreign. Setting the colorful items against graphic backdrops, she further removes them from the realm of reality, playing with our sense of space, gravity, and proportion. Although she has experimented with bolder colors, Gosselin explains that she has a “crush” on pastels. This candy-coated palate imbues her angular, graphic lines with an unexpected dose of softness, injecting even the most clean and minimalist composition with a sense of whimsy and allure.
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