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Above is a collection of images from the 21st Century Still Life photographic series by Finnish artist Vilma Pimenoff. Featuring blooming flowers and carefully arranged fresh fruit, the series visually resembles 17th century classical still–life paintings, but once we look closer, we notice that the natural elements in the image are actually made of plastic tablecloth.
In classical times, still–life painting existed to remind the living that they only had a limited time on this earth. By using plastic material that takes hundreds of years to decompose, the artist reverses the relationship with the ephemeral.
21st Century Still Life is a visual commentary on today’s image driven culture, where the obsession for perfection means the fake often seems more ideal than the real.