This colourful image consists of the ingredients required to make chilli con carne. They have all been made out of paper. Sarah made this piece as an illustration for a magazine column. This shows off Sarah’s very innovative style of working. The ingredients are set out beautifully, spreading colour across the whole page.
This image was made for The Weekender magazine. Sarah and various artists were given the task of recreating their first cover which featured a taxidermy owl. Sarah constructed her owl out of fake nails. I absolutely love this. I am so impressed with how good the owl looks, along with the fact that she even thought to use fake nails in the first place.
This very disco-esque pineapple is part of a collection of work called ‘Tutti Frutti’. Here, Sarah’s aim was to give fruit a new meaning. She has definitely achieved this.
Once again following a fruity theme, these foam sculptures were made for a pop-up shop in Berlin. These geometric creations are very fun to look at and work well in brightening up the space.
This image forms part of a series called ‘food people’ made for Neon magazine. The food portrait has been made with so much imagination. The designs were based on the answers given by people who filled in questionnaires about which type of cook they are. I may have to style myself an onion hat one of these days :D
This absolutely stunning photograph is part of a set of images of flowers that have been arranged to look like fireworks. What I love about Sarah Illenberger is that she makes you see the things and objects we observe every day in a whole new light. Right now, I’m looking at the vase of flowers in the corner of my living room, seeing them as an explosion of beauty.
Continuing down the floral route, here’s another artificial nail creation. I am once again in awe of the different uses for fake nails.
This image was created to illustrate a magazine article. It is one of a set of photographs of body parts which are made out of the herbal remedies that are believed to cure them. I think this is an extremely impacting way to put the message across.
This colourful pop-up installation was created to represent the flowery scent of a room spray. It has cleverly been situated between the door and the wall. This showcases again how great Sarah is at telling the story that she aims to through her art work.
This very green cocktail dress was made illustrate an article about fashionable vegetables. This featured in Neon magazine. The way that Sarah has constructed the dress purely out of those greens that many of us tend to avoid gives them a whole new life and appeal.
This image was part of an advertising campaign for furniture brand ‘Discipline’ from Italy. They use materials such as cork, bamboo and glass in their products. These materials can be seen within the food on the image. On her website, Sarah says that these are ‘surprise elements in the food’. I feel that this is a fantastic and inventive way to portray the characteristics of the company.
In 2012, Gestalten Verlag published a book which showcases Sarah’s work from 2000 onwards. I will definitely be looking to get my hands on one of these.
I could literally sit here all day and keep on sharing the work of Sarah Illenberger. I feel like my eyes have been opened to a whole new way of working. Through her art work, Sarah successfully shows the world through her eyes. A world filled with imagination. If you would like to see more of her wonderful work, you can do so by clicking the links below.