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Fascinating Fantasy Worlds: Art by Joeann Edmonds-Matthew

A composite digital image of a gorilla in a spaceshipG. Rilla Into Space, composite of 4 original photographs

Joeann Edmonds-Matthew is a photographer and digital artist who often works with digital techniques to combine and manipulate photos, creating glimpses into strange and fascinating fantasy worlds.

A digitally manipulated photo of a cityscape seen through an orange link fenceSanctuary City


I really appreciate the way Joeann employs colour in her photographs. Recent images like Sanctuary City take relatively mundane imagery -- in this case, a skyline seen through the orange netting or a construction site -- and amp up the colour to an otherworldly extreme, giving the viewer a unique, never-seen look at familiar objects and settings. 

A screen capture of Joeann Edmonds-Matthew's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Joeann's art portfolio website

In other images, Joeann's approach is more playful. The artist frequently used segments of two or more photos, combining them into composite images that have a surreal edge, like in RESEARCH -- Digital Playground, which depicts a gorilla wearing glasses and studying a thick book. The artist's love for experimentation is grounded in obvious skill, seen in un-manipulated photos of flowers, animals, and other subjects.

A composite photo of a gorilla doing researchRESEARCH -- Digital Playground

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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