Simone R Lutz

Simone R Lutz is a Victoria based self-taught artist who began pursuing art full-time in 2013. She is heavily influenced by nature, especially anything botanical. She draws inspiration from floral and landscape artists such as Fred Michel, Anna Bond, Georgina Reid, Alica Gao and Henri Rousseau.

Simone’s process involves foraging for plants and then arranging them in a pattern, usually in symmetrical or linear arrangements. She then scans them with a flatbed scanner and post-processes the image to remove any unwanted pollen and dust.

"I usually don’t have a particular composition in mind until I have collected enough interesting specimens. Sometimes I combine certain specimens from older scans with newly collected elements because the colours or shapes work together.”

Her works are symmetrical and balanced, producing a clean and ordered image, this introduces an element of structure to the chaos of nature and allows the viewer to examine the intricate details of each petal and leaf. Her scanning method can produce very surprising results:

“flatbed scanners have a very limited depth of field, are capable of great magnification, and uniformly light up a subject at a certain depth only and the combination of these technical aspects and the dimensions of plants produce very interesting images.”

Aside from botanical scanning, Simone takes photographs using film cameras, a passion which she plans to explore further as soon as she is able to set up her own dark room. When she is not making scans, you can find Simone with her Fuji XT-1 or mobile phone, “chasing bees and light and shadows and taking pictures of plants of course!"

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