Flora Borsi compelling series Animeyed combines the art of self-portraits with a fun quirkiness that turns each image into a work of surrealism.
The idea for Animeyed came about when Borsi tried to take a selfie with her dog. After taking that photograph, she realized that the image showed her dog’s eye looked just like one of her own. This single photography was the inspiration (and the trigger) in making her Animeyed series.
“Animeyed”, her latest project, features animals superimposed over self-portraits so that the two faces overlap, sharing one eye in common. The surreal effect is compounded by Borsi’s use of colors and props to make her look more like the creature sharing the photo.
The collection of self-portraits sees Flora Borsi situated side-by-side six separate creatures: a cat, dove, blowfish, goldfish, snake and hare. For each composition, Flora Borsi matches her hairstyle, makeup, and eye color to match the characteristics of each animal, dying her hair orange to mimic the hue of a goldfish and painting her face snow white to match the texture of a dove. As the artist stares at the camera facing frontwards, one of the animals conceals part of her face, matching their own eye above where hers would be revealed.
Flora is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images
that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual
ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss.
Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualises dark fantasies and
atmospheric dreams, utilising the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world.
Her work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face to leave only the feminine form,
exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self.
Flora has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the “Continental Shift”
group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Louvre, France. Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical
acclaim from press including The Guardian’s Observer and BBC Culture. Her artwork was the face of Adobe Photoshop in 2014.
“The editor software is just a tool to complete my pictures, I want to make an image, which looks like a real, unedited photo.
I would like to shock people or make them smile with some society critics.
My goal is to inspire the viewer to think, to feel what I felt.”