Annemarieke Kloosterhof
UK
Under The Sea

Tell us a little about your piece?

The piece depicts a tiny handcrafted ocean floor of paper coral reefs, handcut seaweed and recycled paper rocks, to celebrate the importance of our underwater world, its plants and its micro organisms. The 15cm base in the center of the scene show only a small portion of coral reef remaining, with the vast open waters surrounding it reflecting how much we have yet to explore in those undiscovered ocean depths.


What was the most challenging part of the brief?

We experimented with special lighting techniques, mimicking the the way sunlight reflects on the moving ocean waves and how it illuminates the marine world underneath.

The most challengeing part was definitely the photography set up and making sure all the  reflections of the 3 mirrors were working.


What part of the collaboration did you enjoy the most?

Playing around on set with photographer Nick trying to create different set-ups, before we finally settled on this one. We experimented with special lighting techniques, mimicking the the way sunlight reflects on the moving ocean waves and how it illuminates the marine world underneath.


How did you enjoy working with the paper?

It was quite tricky as we only got send 1 sheet of paper of each colour, so we were forced to be creative with limited supply - so a miniature ocean world seemed the most logical solution, which was quite a different way of working. This made us be more creative with our problemsolving skills, and that way the mirrors came into play - to make the set seem fuller & bigger than it actually was. It's always good to push your boundaries that way.

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