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Don't Know What to Wear - Limited Edition of 8 Photograph

Dasha Pears


Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 D in

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Limited edition artwork on museum-quality Hahnemühle Bamboo FineArt Paper (290 gsm, 90% bamboo fibers, 10% cotton), signed and numbered on the front and on the back, embossed with an authenticity stamp, comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity. Story & Message: Piles of clothes that we’ve never used - as we open up the wardrobe they pour onto us. ‘What should I wear?’ - we ask, as a variety of fabric stares back at us. We’re afraid that unless we look perfect, people will think less of us. Minutes, maybe hours pass by until we finally make our choice. With a bit of courage we could be done in seconds, and still be ourselves. Adding up the hours we spend on picking outfits, we would get a few vacation days. All that fabric soaking up our precious time. Are your clothes wearing you out? From my project "Time is the Issue" Time has always been my obsession. The lack of it. The overwhelming abundance of it. When I was young there was too much time and I didn’t know what to do with it. That was frightening. Hours and hours of time and no ideas on how to enjoy them. Then abundance turned into a constant lack and deprivation. I can’t spend too much time on this, I’ll be late for that. I need it fast. I don’t want to waste time. ASAP! No time to think. No time to stop and see where I’m going. So the time started to stop itself making me travel with it with the speed of light. My obsession went full circle. I learned to bend time. But only occasionally. When I finally get inside for a moment and stay there. Stay in the moment. Not chasing it. Just being there. The project started with me wanting to show ways of wasting time. Then turned into self-reflections on my own relationship with it. The project was shot in Helsinki, Finland, 2019-2020 Available in sizes: 50x50cm (19.7 x 19.7 in.) - 24 70x70cm (27.6 x 27.6 in.) - 18 100x100cm (39.4 x 39.4 in.) - 8 120x120cm (42.1 x 42.1 in.) - 4 My Style: Psychorealism My works are a depiction of psychological and emotional states, whether existing or desired. So in this sense, I can’t call them surrealistic, as surrealism is based on dreams and unconscious, but rather "psycorealistic" or subjectively realistic. The “realistic” part is very important to me. I want to make my images as believable as possible, therefore I like to keep little imperfections like wrinkles on clothes or wall cracks untouched, or should I say unre-touched. At the same time, my goal is to surprise the viewer and make their jaws drop, simultaneously finding comfort, relief, and release in what they see. I use the instruments of minimalism, reducing all the clutter, to make my works look sharper, more straightforward, and to the point. I want to give my audience a breath of fresh air when they look away from the messy, unstable, polluted, and chaotic real world and get into a clean, controlled, and calm reality, where it’s ok to be yourself. It’s like finding a psychological or (you can say “spiritual”) home. What kind of feeling does it bring to your home? Peace and tranquility. Strength and confidence. A grain of melancholy. With a bit of a whim, mystery, and fantasy. It will always be a gentle and quiet reminder that nothing is what it seems and you should always go deeper to perceive the true meaning. How I work I choose muted tones, strictly organized compositions, clean minimalistic spaces, and lots of symbolism to convey my ideas. Each visual story here has a definite plot but is always open to interpretation. My Process Each photo takes from 1 week to several months of planning and preparations: thinking through the story and the plot, planning the color scheme, sketching, scouting for locations, creating the props, choosing the suitable wardrobe, looking for the right makeup and hairstyle looks and then blending it all together. In some cases, a whole team is involved in the shooting process. I never use stock imagery to create my art, I shoot all the details myself right there on location, so when everything is combined in the final piece the work looks as realistic as possible, no matter how surreal it might seem at a first glance. Editing is a big part of the creative process, often the whole concept might change while I digitally develop the work. Editing is usually done after 2-3 months after the shooting has been done. This allows me to reevaluate and deepen my initial intentions and ideas.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:8

Size:39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 D in

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Dasha Pears is an award-winning photo artist, working in the style of "psychorealism", portraying the reality of what's going on in the human inner world. Aesthetically clean and pleasing artworks are like doors to a surreal universe where any psychological state becomes beautiful. Dasha uses the instruments of surrealism, minimalism, color, photography, and digital manipulation to tell surprising visual stories with a twist. In her stories, she speaks about deepest psychological matters, bringing things that are usually considered unpretty to light, making them shine with different colors and aesthetically appealing. This way Dasha's art gives viewers a chance to be at peace with themselves, providing an almost physically soothing effect on the human psyche. Dasha started on her artistic path in 2010. Since then her images have been exhibited numerous times in countries like Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, Finland, Russia, Mexico, and Israel. Dasha’s works are acclaimed by over 10 prestigious art and photography competitions, among them, is the Smithsonian Magazine Award and a gold medal from the Photographic Society of America. Today her art pieces are in over 100 private collections worldwide, including those in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Tel-Aviv, etc. Dasha's creations are owned by expert art lovers working for Sotbey's, Harvard Art Museum, and Obama Foundation.

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