Victoria Siemer is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer who created a series of digital artworks that investigates our discernment of space. In an untitled series of images, Siemer cleverly made geometric shapes into images of natural landscapes to create fragmented reflections within the landscapes themselves. She places fragments of the landscapes, making flowing natural panoramas and vistas turn into angular and rigid visuals.
Siemer begins this process with wonderful images of oceans, fog, forests, mountains, as well as stills of wild animals. She makes use of gloomy and moody scenes like overcast skies and monotone colors to suggest some melancholy. The randomness of her abstract elements fused into traditional landscapes is symbolic of the fact that no matter how much we try to manipulate Mother Nature, we in reality have very little control over the natural world.
Siemer aligns fragments within the image into balanced compositions to form many layers within a single photograph. Pieces of trees, mountains, rivers, as well as oceans are positioned into symmetrical forms to produce multiple layers within a single location’s image. Through her manipulations, she blurs and obscures the line between reality and make-believe and makes it difficult to fully distinguish the separate elements of each photograph. At first glance one would think there was actually a large mirror placed in the middle of the framed landscape, however a prolonged look reveals that each of the images has a piece that has been duplicated, highlighted, reflected or adjusted in some manner.
Siemer says that the abstract visuals created in her images are free for people to interpret. Siemer’s work typically deals with visual fragmentation. More examples of her coceptual work is her recent series called Human Error, a collection of “nostalgic polaroids that depict the broken heart as a computerized error that may or may not be restored in a few mouseclicks.”
See more of her work here.