Surreal Abstract Elephant Bone Collage on Rectangles

Elephant bone collage on rectangles. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is White Endobrume.

The bones are cut from a photo of an elephant skull. Despite the crop, it’s still clearly bone. However, the skull part is pretty well obscured at this point, let alone the type of animal it was. That’s because I tend to home in on small parts of photos, isolating shapes I find interesting, sometimes completely changing outlines and manufacturing my own shapes.

Whereas once I’d try to make a complete picture with my camera, now base photos are merely my clay, the first step in a line of editing, composing, and manipulation.

It took a while to find this direction. It’s a conscious effort to make something different, which is ever more difficult with straight photography, given the current camera proliferation and sheer number of people taking photos.

There are two other versions of this composition:

  • Endobrume, pink bones on verdigris, and tonally similar to this one
  • Orange Endobrume, on a green background, darker, and with an orange center

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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