I have just returned home from a three month trip, and between jet lag and catching up on life, my apartment has turned into a giant pile of dirty laundry and confusing souvenirs. Needless to say my OCD has been driving me crazier than usual, but looking at the flawlessness coming from Scheltens Abbenes's work three words come to mind - oh yeah baby. Its impeccability hitting me like a perfectionist orgasm.
Maurice Scheltens and Lisbeth Abbenes combined forces in 2002, becoming an incredible power duo creating amazing, spotless still life photography. Arranging objects into strict and unique compositions, the couple produce visually pristine settings that make us view objects in refreshing new ways.
Clothes are not worn by models, but systemised into sculpturesque displays, making us desire the product as art rather than something to wear. The same goes to the majority of their other commissioned work, where objects lose their utilitarianism as viewers drool over the beauty of their utopian compositions.
Clean, geometric shapes are perfectly aligned, materials blissfuly layered, and colour palettes ideally contrasted. Tailored settings exert and assert pictorial clarity and autonomy. The duo’s attention to detail is unequalled. A shoe is no longer a shoe, but an essential part of a composition. Never in my life have I felt more like rearranging my wardrobe.
Scheltens Abbenes's work has been displayed internationally. They contribute in editorials for magazines such as Fantastic Man and The Gentle Woman. The couple is also often commissioned by large companies, such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Valentino.
If like me, you’d rather live on the neat and tidy side of life, Scheltens Abbenes’s creations will be pornography to your eyes. I can safely say that the pair’s technical perfection and craftsmanship is my OCD’s new best friend.
Words / Ana Gomides