Norwegian artist Anne-Karin Furunes crafts images that fool the eye. At first glance, her monochromatic portraits look like photographs, but are definitely not. They’re actually painted canvases that are punctuated by thousands of tiny, hand-punched holes. Light plays an important role in her pieces, and the entire work can change its appearance based on the surrounding luminance.
The perforation creates moody images that have an air of mystery about them, and they give the feeling that they could exist in both the past and present times. On one hand, the darkened edges and diffused faces gives the portraits an aged look; subjects seem to resemble young women from the Victorian era. The style and placement of the holes, however, has a more contemporary feel of the digital pixelation that we often see. Furunes has used this duality to form intriguing works that are simply stunning to view.
The artist has been developing this special perforation technique since the early 1990’s when she was studying at the Art Academy of Trondheim. Watch the video below to get an idea of just how large these incredible works really are and learn more about her process.