The illustrations and collages from artist Lars Henkel evoke a sense of enigma and malaise that linger in the mind well after viewing them. Still, the artwork is elegant and intriguing enough that most people would rather look more deeply into the illustrations rather than turn away.
In much of Henkel's work, it is simple enough to grasp what is happening in the scenes he depicts, but it is difficult to tell why things are the way they are. This leaves the viewer to imagine the circumstances that lead to a woman standing at the edge of a cliff, casting off bodies from a cart into the sea, for instance.
Another illustration depicts two deer pecking at underbrush in a foggy forest. It is straightforward enough, but the hazy greys and faded blacks evoke a melancholic tone that is difficult to explain using only the subject matter.
Mysterious Melancholic Art
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