#11 Mash-UpHistoric Beauty

Mirror mirror
on the wall

These colourful scattered images by Mathilde Karrèr and Boris Zbikowski are inspired by a floral still life by the Dutch artist Nico van Rijn and were specially created for The Green Gallery. Lose yourself in their intriguing beauty_______.

01 Mathilde Karrèr

Orange flowers in a vase - Nicolaas Petrus Quirinus ‘Nico’ van Rijn (1887-1962)

02 Mathilde Karrèr

Orange flowers in a vase - Nicolaas Petrus Quirinus ‘Nico’ van Rijn (1887-1962)

03 Mathilde Karrèr

Beautifully scattered are these floral images by Mathilde Karrèr and Boris Zbikowski

Nicolaas Petrus Quirinus ‘Nico’ van Rijn (1887-1962)

was a complex Dutch impressionistic painter, born in Hilversum. He lived his mature life amongst the beautiful woods and heaths of Blaricum where he found strength and inspiration in its breathtaking natural environment. During his struggle to find his personal authentic style Van Rijn experimented over and over with flowers putting colour and light in a leading role. In turbulent and steep sweeping brushstrokes and stripes he tried to explain his harsh reality of still life and soothing landscape.

Inspiration

“For this shoot, Boris and I analysed the painting and came to the conclusion, it’s a seemingly simple image. A vase with simple flowers on a table. However, if you look closer, you might see a mirror behind this setting, and a lemon and a bowl appear. A classical still life setting. The painting style breaks up the image, and facets appear. These facets, breaking things up, made us think of a mirroring effect. So this became our inspiration, and of course on top all those beautiful complementary colours! In the first image, we stayed close to the original setting, afterwards our imagination took us on a ride, exploring and expanding beauty.”

“SATURDAY IS MY #FRESHFLOWERDAY_______.”
“SATURDAY IS MY #FRESHFLOWERDAY_______.”
04 Mathilde Karrèr
05 Mathilde Karrèr
06 Mathilde Karrèr
07 Mathilde Karrèr

Flowercast

Strelitzia, yellow pincushion flower, sun star, calla asclepias beatrix, rose spider, gerbera, daisy, snapdragon, fritillaria imperialis, tulip, ranunculus.

Mathilde: “I’m a real sucker for all things aesthetic and natural. Flowers go very well within that scope. In my work I always try to find a way to incorporate flowers or a natural element. It inspires me. For this feature I used double exposure, and analogue filters from a vintage polaroid camera to create this distortion. The floral arrangement is very basic, to honour the painters vision we only added a wider range of flowers. All in the complimentarily colours, yellow and orange.” Boris: “The matching architectural set made of mirror panels was created to dissolve the borders of the space. In the original painting from Van Rijn the setting appears almost undefined. Is it a mirror reflection in the background or is it translucency through curtains and window? That part fascinated me and was something I wanted to recreate with those mirror panels. It was fun to do and I loved working with all those beautiful fresh flowers. For me, fresh flowers are essential to make myself feel ‘at home’. There is not a single week where I don’t buy fresh flowers for myself. Saturday normally is my #freshflowerday. I am very particular with my flowers and love to just mix two sorts of flowers for a mash-up or even go home with a monochrome single sort of bunch. My all favourite flower is the tulip; the variety of their colours is just fascinating. I think my obsession goes back to when I was little and I spend the first sunny days after a long winter in the garden of my parents. There is such power and energy in the growing and flowering of a tulip. To witness that absolutely makes me happy!”

Boris’ favourite flower

“Definitely the tulip!”

Mathilde’s favourite flower

“Really hard to choose just one... the poppy. Amongst others_______.”

08 Mathilde Karrèr
09 Mathilde Karrèr

Mathilde Karrèr, photographer

Mathilde’s earmark is to use accessories, flowers and food to create lavish yet subtle compositions with a captivating narrative. Half-way between paintings and movie stills, her photographs are elaborate, visually rich microworlds with knowingly chosen details.

Boris Zbikowski, stylist & set designer

Having worked for many years in fashion, such as Prada as a retail manager and buyer, in Germany as well as the UK, Boris Zbikowski started 2009 with a new idea and has worked since as a set designer and interior stylist in Berlin.

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Mathilde Karrèr

Styling
Boris Zbikowski

Video Edit
Jasper Verhorevoort

Music
‘Fools are friendly’ by Xclusiv 1982, Le Maitre Music

09 Mathilde Karrèr

Mathilde Karrèr, photographer

Mathilde’s earmark is to use accessories, flowers and food to create lavish yet subtle compositions with a captivating narrative. Half-way between paintings and movie stills, her photographs are elaborate, visually rich microworlds with knowingly chosen details.

Boris Zbikowski, stylist & set designer

Having worked for many years in fashion, such as Prada as a retail manager and buyer, in Germany as well as the UK, Boris Zbikowski started 2009 with a new idea and has worked since as a set designer and interior stylist in Berlin.

Mathilde: “I’m a real sucker for all things aesthetic and natural. Flowers go very well within that scope. In my work I always try to find a way to incorporate flowers or a natural element. It inspires me. For this feature I used double exposure, and analogue filters from a vintage polaroid camera to create this distortion. The floral arrangement is very basic, to honour the painters vision we only added a wider range of flowers. All in the complimentarily colours, yellow and orange.” Boris: “The matching architectural set made of mirror panels was created to dissolve the borders of the space. In the original painting from Van Rijn the setting appears almost undefined. Is it a mirror reflection in the background or is it translucency through curtains and window? That part fascinated me and was something I wanted to recreate with those mirror panels. It was fun to do and I loved working with all those beautiful fresh flowers. For me, fresh flowers are essential to make myself feel ‘at home’. There is not a single week where I don’t buy fresh flowers for myself. Saturday normally is my #freshflowerday. I am very particular with my flowers and love to just mix two sorts of flowers for a mash-up or even go home with a monochrome single sort of bunch. My all favourite flower is the tulip; the variety of their colours is just fascinating. I think my obsession goes back to when I was little and I spend the first sunny days after a long winter in the garden of my parents. There is such power and energy in the growing and flowering of a tulip. To witness that absolutely makes me happy!”

Boris’ favourite flower

“Definitely the tulip!”

Mathilde’s favourite flower

“Really hard to choose just one... the poppy. Amongst others_______.”

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Mathilde Karrèr

Styling
Boris Zbikowski

Video Edit
Jasper Verhorevoort

Music
‘Fools are friendly’ by Xclusiv 1982, Le Maitre Music

07 Mathilde Karrèr

Flowercast

Strelitzia, yellow pincushion flower, sun star, calla asclepias beatrix, rose spider, gerbera, daisy, snapdragon, fritillaria imperialis, tulip, ranunculus.