Lonneke Palen

Lonneke van der Palen's (The Netherlands, 1985) vivid photographs bear witness to her almost mathematical sense of colour and design. Her still life images feature carefully placed, suspended objects that question the rules of composition in a magical way. The images tease your imagination, and leave you guessing what it is you are actually seeing and what its underlying importance is. In fact, a single image actually tells an entire narrative. Van der Palen plays with people's experience: recognisable elements and visual cliches are combined in such a way that onlookers are continually thrown off balance. The representation of an everyday object that is central to a photo is often so aesthetical - almost theatrical- that it summons up entirely contrasting associations and meanings.