I have a confession: I love art and fashion with equal passion. They’re my two favorite things to think about and write about so when I came across Stefania Fersini’s wrinkled up fashion magazine page paintings, I fell instantly in love. Don’t these paintings look JUST LIKE a page from Elle magazine torn out and crumpled up?
Fersini explains the series as an examination of the American, consumerist culture. The idea of waste is represented in two ways: first, in the content of the paintings – magazines push new, mass-produced stuff that no one really needs but everyone is taught to feel like they need. It’s unnecessary and wasteful.
Secondly, the crumpled pages represent actual waste. Elevating trash to art is tricky business but Fersini’s hyperrealistic style and incredible attention to detail make these wrinkled fashion pages thought-provoking and richly textured (both figuratively and literally) paintings rather than cheesy or heavy-handed. [h/t joquz.com]