Huge chunk of our life experience takes place in our minds. Vast, ethereal dimension of our existence, hugely neglected. Stefano Bonazzi, Italian digital artist and photographer, created surreal series of digital collages called White Sky. This thought-provoking compilation of otherworldly images takes us into dream-like fantasy. Place where concepts like beauty and life are stretched to infinity in order to be thoroughly scrutinized by the viewer. With a wonderful power of self-reflection, these collages will make you see some beautiful, and some horrible things at the same time.
Stefano works for days in order to achieve perfect level of reality shifting giddiness in his pieces. They evoke strong flashes of bleakness interlaced with ghostly characters drawing you to unravel their higher meaning. “Beauty is in the imperfections, in the diversity and individual characteristics of each. I cannot stand the beauty of glossy fashion magazines or commercial environments. Often I start with images and distort and change them into something new, which at times can also disturb or scare. Beauty is a subjective factor and cannot be assessed with a universal rule.”
I love observing human reactions. My pictures help me to understand how people can react if immersed in hostile contexts and desolate landscapes.I am in constant search of silence and contemplation in a society that makes noise and speed.
A white sky is like a canvas, a white sky is like a limbo, a white sky is like a state of coma, white is the wall of the hospitals but white is also the milk, the symbol of the birth. In this series I tried to combine contrasting elements, there are people who feel at peace while watching these images, instead of other people feel uncomfortable. I want to become an active subject the person you look at my artwork.
I consider myself an artist of digital collage. Every image is a combination of others different images (20/30), assembled and reworked in post-production and Photoshop. It is a job that requires a lot of patience. From the collection of the right images to their processing it can spend some weeks of work.
I’m working on a new series in which the habitat will not be present. It is half-length portraits in which the main characters have their faces completely covered by masks. This time much more elaborate and made with pieces of clothes, implants and many different fabrics together.
More of the White Sky?
It is difficult to express emotions using only postures and elements of the scenery, but Stefano does it with unconventional poise. For some these collages might be a nightmare, for some beginning of a wonderful journey. One thing remains certain; he leaves much space for the observer to decide. Thoroughly impressed by Stefano’s digital art? Then you should check more of it on his Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Finally, I would love you to share some thoughts on these surreal collages in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Stefano Bonazzi.