Charming Collages of Labyrinthine Houses

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Anastasia Savinova, an artist based in Uppsala, Sweden, creates architectural collages that feel like European folktales come to life. The landscapes Savinova chooses are alternately urban and pastoral. Her attention to the windows, doors, and other architectural details of each piece creates tiny worlds within worlds. From Savinova’s website:

In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Traveling around cities and countries, I take pictures of buildings, look into windows sneakily, go to local shops, flea markets and bars, watch everyday life – all this helps to build the feeling of the Place. This feeling becomes a foundation or a series of large-scale collages. The Integral Image emerges from visual information and a dozen of associations. While architecture and landscape are visual components of the integral image of the Place, at the same time, this image is inseparably linked with a mentality and a way of life. It is saturated with “an incorporeal something”. Ancient romans called it “genius loci” – the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage, “genius loci” refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere.

Get lost inside one of Savinova’s collages, which we first spotted on the Jealous Curator, below.

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova

Image credit: Anastasia Savinova