Barbara Astman, It’s All About Style, 2013
It’s All About Style, reflects the seduction and saturation of the glossy pages of the style section of a newspaper. Astman collages newspaper extracts creating unusual juxtapositions of colour and texture. The lo-tech, handcrafted nature of her work introduces resourcefulness into the artistic process, inspiring her to explore the meaning and essence of the images through the materials from which they are made.
These works do not attempt to create logical narratives, nor do they comment on the news of the day. Instead, Astman playfully harnesses seemingly disparate visual material, whose only apparent commonality is their appearance in the “Style” section of a newspaper, to create juxtapositions that comment on the proliferation of hi-fi imagery in modern media. It’s All About Style deals with the overwhelming saturation of – and our collective obsession with – the images we encounter in our daily lives.