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Animal “Crackers”

I never create art to force my own view, but use it to inspire people to think about their own.

Interview by Tiffany Credle – tiffany@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Sarah DeRemer
Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Animal X food hybrids may seem like an unlikely marriage for most, but not to master photo manipulator Sarah DeRemer. Sarah is a California native who now resides in Korea, and has created a buzz with her “Animal Food” project that blends animals and food in an artistic way that appears effortless.

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

 

Citizen Brooklyn: How did you begin exploring the world of art and photography?

I have always been a fan of photography and art, and I believe that my deep appreciation for various art forms is what drew me closer to exploring it myself. I’ve always been fascinated by the translation of life and movement into the static image. I’m personally driven by exploring form and tones rather than specific opinions through my work. I adore photography for the immediacy and the versatility of it; you can take it anywhere, photograph anything, be in the moment and go as far as to create fantastical images from real life scenes.

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

CBK: Would you say that living in Korea has had an influence on your artistic style and chosen subject matter? If so, how?

Making the move from California to Korea has absolutely influenced my subject matter, as well as my approach to creating art. Relocating to a new country brings on a whole new world to discover & new cultures to experience. I can’t help but be constantly inspired by the world around me, and I really enjoy getting to try to translate what I see here into images. Along with all of that, I boxed up my studio and left all of my supplies back in California so I’ve been pushed into exploring digital art over the last few years. I started using Photoshop in the last eight months, and have really enjoyed entering the world of photo-manipulation. It’s a whole new genre that I’m enjoying exploring, especially while it’s more practical for me.

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

CBK: What made you want to do the “Animal Food” series?

One of the initial ways I started learning photo-manipulation was through practicing with animal hybridizing. From there, I noticed the potential for a series stemming from an interesting juxtaposition between live animals and produce, rather than just different animal species. I found the combination of forms interesting and realized that it made a visually strong image that people would have strong opinions about. A lot of the project was a study in color and negative space, as well as creating a cohesive image through hybridizing, but I also just enjoyed creating something both amusing and potentially thought provoking.

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

CBK: How did you choose what animals and foods to blend into final pieces?

For most of the “Animal Food”, the determination of which creature went with which fruit or vegetable came from their shape, tones and color. I put animals onto produce that worked well with the shape and had “believable” form and color cohesion. I liked making images that were exceptionally unrealistic, yet still believable. In certain instances, like with “Orange Chicken”, it ended up also working out as a funny pun.

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

CBK: What has been the reaction to this series?

The reactions to this project have been all across the board. Overall, people have received it well and enjoyed the comical value of the hybrids. On the other hand, I have had some people comment that the series was “creepy” or sent the wrong message about animals and meat. As soon as I started working on this series I realized that it had the potential to be received as a statement on meat consumption, though I didn’t specifically create the series to be commentary on meat eating or vegetarianism. I have always enjoyed making pieces that were visually strong on their own, but also thought provoking and open to interpretation. I never create art to force my own view, but use it to inspire people to think about their own. Some have gone as far as to refer to “Animal Food” as “Photoshopped fruit-animals that make meat vegan-friendly”, while others have simply called it “disturbing”. I’m just happy to inspire discussion of any sort.

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

CBK: Can we expect any other food based photo series from you in the near future?

At this point, I’m not exactly sure what my next project will be. I really enjoyed working with images of food, so I’ll definitely consider revisiting it for a future endeavor. I definitely want to jump into another project soon! I really enjoyed working on this one.

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

Photo © Sarah DeRemer

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