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EDITORIAL

DEAR SUPERIOR MAGAZINE READERS, I

t’s our last Superior Magazine issue this year and we really like to say THANK YOU to everybody who made 2018 an exciting year for us – our team, our contributors, our partners and of course you! The December cover comes from the Dusseldorf, Germany based photographer Arya Shirazi. His fashion editorial “Selfish Diary”, which has been shot in London, is a portray of a modern femme fatale. She is strong, independent and confident, but also vulnerable and soft. She knows and plays with every angle of her character. Men feel her power, because she doesn’t hold back and shows who she truly is. Other exciting fashion editorials come from Jérôme Siart and Nathalie Zimmermann, both from Germany, Russia based Natishta Baikal and UK based Sammy Baxter. Also in the category Fashion + Beauty you find an interview with Thimo Schwenzfeier, Show Director of Neonyt, the trade fair for sustainable fashion which will take place in January in Berlin. Natalya Nova and Sebastian Schmidt are two exciting artists. Read the interviews in the category Art + Design. In Business + Society we present a great idea by Cologne based Lea Nikbin and Josias Hornstein for a very different Advent calendar. Last but not least in Culture + Travel we take you to St. Emilion for a luxury retreat. Enjoy our final 2018 Superior Magazine issue, have wonderful and peaceful holidays and we hope to see you in 2019 again ... Tom and the whole Superior Magazine team

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CONTENT

12 EDITORIAL 16 CONTRIBUTORS 22 EMERGING ELEMENTS 34 SEBASTIAN SCHMIDT 42 SELFISH DIARY 58 NEONYT 62 DOMAINE DE MONTVERT 66 INDUSTRIAL SWAY 78 ADVENTSOME 80 GOLDEN AUTUMN 90 NATALIA NOVA 94 ONE DAY WITH VALERIE 106 IMPRINT

Fashion Editorial by Sammy Baxter

Interview with artist Sebastian Schmidt

Fashion Editorial by Arya Shirazi

Interview with Show Director Thimo Schwenzfeier

BUSINESS + SOCIETY

CULTURE + TRAVEL

Holidays in France

Fashion Editorial by Jérôme Siart

Interview with Lea Nikbin & Josias Hornstein

Fashion Editorial by Nathalie Zimmermann

ART + DESIGN

FASHION + BEAUTY

Interview with artist Natalia Nova

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Fashion Editorial by Natishta

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NATISHTA ORIGIN PROFESSION

Moscow, Russia Photographer

CREATIVE APPROACH

Natishta tries to reach total confidence from the models and reduce the distance between them that will afford real emotions and a true story, that you believe.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

That work is inspired by four the most important elemements to feel alive and happy. This is air of her hometown, water, sun and fire.

ABOUT THE FASHION EDITORIAL

Her sister is someone, who inspires Natishta every day. In this shooting she wanted to show how changing nature influences on her emotional mood. It was a fantasy of what her day could be like. Warm morning sun that changes for autumn wind with a smell of old leaves and fire. During the photo shooting her favourite rock songs played aloud, that was something that brought this incredible feeling of freedom and happiness.

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SAMMY BAXTER ORIGIN PROFESSION

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Bournemouth, England Fashion and Beauty Photographer/Director

CREATIVE APPROACH

Photographic art is her passion and as a photographer, capturing and inspiring imagery is what Sammy has become recognised for in the world of fashion, beauty and commercial photography. Now based in Bournemouth and working in London and all over the UK, her career has been born out of her love for creating beautifully striking images.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Everything Sammy sees throughout each day can trigger something to inspire to do a shoot wether its a location she passes or something she sees in a shop window. It could just be absolutely anything ....

ABOUT THE FASHION EDITORIAL

The story is of a woman emerging mentally and physically as she goes along in life. Alongside her she is embracing the elements of this world... sea, land, nature and weather.


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ARYA SHIRAZI

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ORIGIN PROFESSION

Duesseldorf, Germany Photographer

CREATIVE APPROACH

No matter what mood or ambience there is, Arya is looking for authenticity in a naturally aesthetic way. Moments that feel pure and true. Surprisingly different but never forced. He wants his audience to still feel free to make up their own story when looking at his work.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

It’s about people & all kind of art. It is important to him to keep his eyes open to catch every detail of a moment. The more he is open to observe the more authentic his ideas will get. Once Arya gets his concept idea right, he likes to share them with his team to get them final.

ABOUT THE FASHION EDITORIAL

SELFISH DIARY is a portray of a modern femme fatale. She is strong, independent and confident, but also vulnerable and soft. She knows and plays with every angle of her character. Men feel her power, because she doesn’t hold back and shows who she truly is.

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JÉRÔME SIART ORIGIN PROFESSION

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Frankfurt/Main, Germany Photographer

CREATIVE APPROACH

Since 2012 Jérôme is an autodidact photographer. His work focuses on portait, streetstyle and fashion. Jérôme loves it when the pictures tell a story and it is important to him that his pictures spread emotions and simplicity.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Emotions, natural beauty, music and the works of Peter Lindbergh and Kristian Schuller.

ABOUT THE FASHION EDITORIAL

We had the idea to portray looks of different decades in a kind of a timelapse with the industry as our scenery. The title industrial sway transports the parallels of industry and feminine strength.


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NATHALIE ZIMMERMANN ORIGIN PROFESSION

Frankfurt/Main, Germany Photographer

CREATIVE APPROACH

Nathalie has been working as a photographer assistant in Frankfurt since 2013 (mainly for magazines). In October 2018 sheI started her communication design studies in Darmstadt. Nathalie loves the detailed work of photographing and wnats to show models as people without extensive retouching.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Her boss Katrin Binner and many of fashion magazines. Also Photographers like Sonia Szostak, Andreas Ortner, Frauke Fischer

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The idea was to combine nature with fashion. The soft autumn light with hard poses. Styling discreetly in autumn colours to match the surroundings

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Sebastian, how did it come that you became an artist? What were the steps of your art career? I grew up in a rather creative environment. My parents are both architects. Since I was a very shy child, I liked to withdraw and immerse myself in my own creative fantasy worlds, which I painted for hours and realized with building blocks. While I was at school, I began to design posters for various events in addition to my art lessons. The feedback was so positive that my self-confidence increased. Art thus became essential for my well-being. And so, it quickly became clear that I wanted to develop in this direction. However, I never lost my need for security - and for this reason I decided to study design in Berlin. After that I worked for a few years as an art director in a well-known advertising agency. In retrospect, this proved to be the right decision because I was able to gather so much experience and knowledge, without which my current work would have been impossible. Six years ago, I founded our own design agency KRAVT together with my business partner Jan SchulzBerners - among other things with the aim to gain more and more time for art. This year we finally opened a gallery space where we could show the complete missiles series for the first time. My goal now is to regularly complete a new series of works - of course completely in CGI.

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I am very fascinated by contemporary history and the associated technologies. I collect old non-fiction books, newspaper articles, pictures and films. Much of it is alienated by analog recording techniques - be it in color, light or detail. This also creates a certain aesthetic, which gives the respective information its own emotion. Although the Internet plays an important role today, museums, antiquarian bookshops and video stores with old tapes in their basements are also great and exciting sources of ideas.

The missiles series indeed based on a dramatic experience in 2003. At that time I watched the bombing of Baghdad live on television. For days you could witness explosions and rocket impacts. Dipped in green by the night vision cameras, the terrible events seemed almost abstract. After a while these images merged in my perception increasingly with the rest of the entertainment program - the war was thus felt to be entertainment. I was so shocked by my own numbness that I looked for a way to shake myself up. So, I painted the TV picture and hung the finished picture the next day unasked on a white empty wall in our school. In fact, debates about politics and the entertainment industry suddenly began in this manageable microcosm. That was the first start to artistically deal with the topic of the war threat and our media perception.


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You use digital techniques for your art. Do digital techniques dissolve the analogue techniques of the past? Haha - the art world is still far away from that. I would like to see more digital art at all. And not for their own sake, but because it offers undreamt of possibilities for developing something new. But that means that we artists have to deal intensively with the material and experiment, because the technologies are evolving faster and wider. For me, digital techniques - or in my case CGI - are simply new and great tools for expressing myself. What’s interesting is that new aesthetic and creative impulses come mainly from the design industry and architecture - probably because you have to deal with new technologies anyway. Can you explain the process to create your “missiles� pictures? What were the challenges? All missiles are based on real models. This means that I search for weapons that can be found in the news or on the Internet and collect freely accessible images and data. This is often enough to get a good impression of size and shape. I often have to reconstruct or interpret details or places of which I cannot find any pictorial material. However, it is not so important to

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me whether it is absolutely realistic (which one could not verify anyway), but that it seems plausible and real. As soon as I have collected and planned all the decisive elements, the digital construction of the body finally takes place with 3D software. The 3D-mesh becomes finer and finer in the process in order to be able to physically incorporate even small jumps and dents. In order to finally generate a really photorealistic image, the rendering software is crucial. It also determines the quality of the surfaces. With physically correct programs you can imitate nearly all material properties perfectly. In combination with detailed textures for graphics, scratches and dirt, an extremely realistic result is achieved. The rest of the process is similar to a real photo shoot, but completely virtual: there is a studio, various lamps and a camera, whose focal length and ISO values have to be set exactly as in the real world. Once everything is perfectly tuned, the render button is pressed and the computer transforms the rough model into a photorealistic image. But this still looks relatively grayish and only gets the final look in Photoshop.

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Printing and framing are done by specialists in Berlin. A very high-quality Hahnemühlen paper is used for this, as only on this material the extremely fine transitions in the white areas can be represented perfectly. Your “missiles” look extremely realistic. Are you a fan of this sort of technic? What do you want to trigger on the viewer? There is actually a fanatic attention to detail. I believe that these images have to work from a distance as well as from close up. And since they’re not photos, I have to do everything I can to deliver a perfect result. Surprisingly, our eyes recognize very quickly whether something is “real” or not. We just don’t know exactly what the deciding factor is. I find it very fascinating how viewers get very close to the picture and examine it bit by bit. And it’s precisely this curiosity that 39

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In your previous series “Dahinter” and “Sommer” you show city motifs. How is your “missiles” series related to them? Even if the works seem different at first glance, there is a deep anchoring of the threat - but from two different perspectives. While in „missiles“ I see something threatening without feeling threatened, in the city motifs it‘s completely the other way round: I don‘t see anything dangerous, but still feel uncomfortable. Formally, too, there is a connection: both the rockets and several motifs from „Behind“ often appear very frontal/planar, i.e. very strictly fitted into the picture in a straight line. Almost as if they were film backdrops in a studio. In addition, I wanted to show a kind of frozen, timeless moment, the hour zero of a calm post-apocalypse. Perhaps an atomic bomb has just detonated or a plague has taken everyone away - and yet the sun shines peacefully and warmly.

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In September 2018 you opened your first solo exhibition „BEYOND VISUAL RANGE” in Berlin. Tell me about the feedback. I was very surprised about the many visitors and the great exchange. At the beginning I was afraid that my work might be misinterpreted. But the opposite was the case. The effect and the critical statement were almost automatic. This was reinforced by an award from the BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER-Competition, where I won one of the two prizes for the black torpedo ANAHIT. The work was exhibited at Art Düsseldorf for several days during the award ceremony and the feedback was fantastic and very encouraging. I am enormously happy and grateful for this experience.

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Is there any project which you really would love to realize in the future? Oh yes - a project that has been following me for years is in the making. I want to investigate what would have happened if the Berlin Wall hadn‘t fallen 30 years ago. CGI is also ideal because I can create an alternative story. Basically, it‘s a mixture of my earlier city motifs with the CGI technology of the Missile series. The subtle threat will play an elementary role again. And as the one who will end up spending a lot of time developing the art piece, I‘m looking forward to a very banal aspect this time: color :-)! That sounds really exciting. We are looking forward to following the realization ...

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NEONYT Interview with Show Director Thimo Schwenzfeier Interview ■ Tom Felber Photos ■ NEONYT

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Sustainable fashion is already a well-established part of Berlin Fashion Week since years. And, thinking of sustainable fashion in that context everybody immediately has the two trade fairs Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in mind. For the next season both trade fairs are joined under the new name - Neonyt. In the first part of the interview Tom Felber from Superior Magazine talked to the Neonyt Show Director Thimo Schwenzfeier about the general changes. Thimo, the former Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin are now together under a new name - Neonyt. The name sounds a bit artificial in the first moment. What’s the story behind the name?

The self-coined name Neonyt is derived from the Ancient Greek word “neo” (which means new and revolutionary in English) and the Scandinavian word “nytt” (which also means new). “The renewed new” – Neonyt is our synonym for the fundamental transformation process of the fashion and textile industry. Neonyt is taking over from the trade show duo Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin. Under the joint name, the platform is realigning itself to reflect ambitious fashion standards and the desire to create something new. However, the sustainability promise of Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin remains unchanged. But probably it’s not only the name that is new. Did you also change the concept or the focus?

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sustainability and innovation where professionals can meet and engage in valuable dialogue. Incorporated into Berlin Fashion Week and with an international focus, it is the world’s leading event of its kind. Both digitally and in real life. The hub consists of the Neonyt Trade Show, the conferences Fashionsustain by Messe Frankfurt and #Fashiontech by Premium Group, as well as the Neonyt Fashion Show, the Thinkathon, showcases, the influencer and blogger format Prepeek, networking events and, last but not least, the Neonyt Party. With this offer, Neonyt is combining the most important elements in the fashion industry, business, inspiration, knowledge, fun & community, in a neo-new way. Another new aspect of Neonyt is its focal point: the hub is always focused on one specific theme, which is presented in all the different areas and event formats. By choosing “water” for January 2019 as the overall trend topic, the largest trade fair for sustainable fashion is raising awareness for this particular subject and calling for a new way of thinking. What about the location, where will you present Neonyt in January? Does the new name also influence the presentation-form of the trade fair?

The venue of the global Neonyt hub is Kraftwerk Berlin, an industrial building with huge ceiling heights and spectacular open views across all levels. The impact, size and starkness of this monumental concrete structure from the 1960s form an intentional contrast to the exhibitors’ collections and provide the ideal backdrop for the Neonyt Trade Show, conferences, showcases, events and parties. Raw, distinctive, cool and open to new things. The ideal place to put the spotlight on fashion, innovation and sustainability in an authentic and vibrant setting.


At Kraftwerk Berlin, the overall theme of water and fashion will be very present and played with in all different areas of the hub. Furthermore, we are constantly optimizing and expanding the different areas of the hub according to the interests and the demand of our visitors. This unique mix of areas at Kraftwerk Berlin makes it easy to find what you need and to get additional inspiration from all the other areas to be discovered onsite. Which themes and trends will be very important from your point of view at the Neonyt trade fair in January?

Neonyt will be shedding light on the two poles of fashion and water. By presenting water as a trend topic in various different ways, the global hub is raising awareness and calling for a new way of thinking. Without water there would be no agriculture, no industry and no life. But what happens when water becomes scarce? Global hub Neonyt will be looking for answers to this question and showing visionary approaches to highly topical water-related issues ranging from microplastics to water stewardship. In the second part of the interview we will talk about sustainable fashion brands at Neonyt trade fair more in detail.

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DOMAINE DE MONVERT Luxury Retreat

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If you are looking for a special and at the same time stylish and authentic location to spend you next holiday you might consider Domaine de Montvert in France. “The Villa”, officially registered as the Domaine de Montvert , is a historic stone Girondine villa and vineyard standing at the gateway to Saint Emilion wine country in a small, sunny village called SainteTerre in the Aquitaine department of France. The authentic wine property or ‘chateau” was recently renovated with a a lot of love and sense to detail in

order to maintain the genuine old world charm whilst at the same time combining it with a balanced design aesthetic and amenities a guest would expect from a luxury retreat. The beautiful 17th century structure will not only be used as a playground for connoisseurs and seasoned travelers, but also a spacious event location for professional development workshops, offsite meetings, seminars and creative retreats.


Approaching the villa, you enter through an iron gate into a vast gardens that stretches deep into the property. As you pass a tiny chapel you start to feel the mystique of a covered grove and as if by trance, you eventually wander deep into the garden until you come across an inviting hammock; discrete tucked away under the canopy of pear, fig and walnut trees, accompanied only by the sounds of the nesting birds above. You suddenly come upon a curious facade, “The Ruins�, a 16th century stone structure that now serves as a provocative yet lovely backdrop to the beautiful, crystal clear swimming pool. Entering the villa, you will encounter an impressive spiral stone staircase leading to an upstairs corridor. After your ascent, you enter the 3 metre high stone archway only to witness the floor to ceiling windows that overlook a vast greenery beyond; the vineyards below. And if that was not already impressive, add the hilltop view of the Saint Emilion village and sunsets and star covered skies and you have yourself a visual feast of delights. Every room in this property has been personally styled by the owner and fashion designer Neima Sitawi and has been given it’s individual look and feel. Apart from theinviting interior itself the house is only a 7 minute drive or a quick bike to the world-famous village of Saint Emilion. The area is surrounded by vineyards, castles, antique shops , fine dining and wine tasting opportunities to cater for an unforgettable holiday experience.

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ADVENTSOME The very different Advent calendar Interview ■ Tom Felber Photos ■ Adventsome

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What role does sustainability play in your calendar?

Lea Nikbin and Josias Hornstein, can you please tell us a bit about you?

We are in our mid-twenties, are studying law and marketing and live in Cologne. As big cat-lovers we act as a foster-home for cats that stay with us until we found a nice forever-home. Besides that, we are always trying out new restaurants and stay active by running, swimming and yoga. With Aventsome you offer a quite different Advent calendar. How did you come up with this idea?

We were not satisfied with existing calendars due to their quite monotonous nature. It is 24x cosmetics, 24x candy, etc. - essentially very predictable. We thought why not mix it up to make it more interesting? Additionally, we focus on products from startups to make it even more exciting! What do people find in the Aventsome calendar? Can you give 2 or 3 examples?

We cover products from different categories such as food, drinks, lifestyle, sweets, games and many more. You will find an Oatsome smoothie bowl, a bottle of Daisy Gin as well as the UDO, which is a coffee-lid that turns any mug into a ToGo-mug – very cool! How did you select the daily surprises?

Our essential question was: What would we want in OUR calendar? We looked for the coolest products with an additional focus on sustainability, so most of the products are vegan, fair-trade, etc.

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Not only are most of the products sustainable, but so is the packing: The presents are wrapped in ecological, palm oil-free wrapping paper as well as in paper bags. Instead of a large cardboard box that you throw away after Christmas, our presents find their spot in a cotton bag that you can use in your everyday life. Besides presents every calendar contains four donations to four different small charities. That way our customers don’t only receive but also help less fortunate! Finally, our calendars are shipping with DHL GoGreen to our customers. So, sustainability for us is essential, which you can observe in all aspects of our business. What are your aims with Aventsome? Is it a nice onetime project or do you like to establish and expand it in the future?

Next year we want to increase our output and if it works nicely again we plan to make this an annual thing. We love this project a lot and want to continue making the coolest advent calendars for people that care! For all who like your idea, is it still possible to get an Aventsome calendar?

Unfortunately, we are already sold out for quite some time. We demand was overwhelming. When 2018 Advent and Christmas is over, what are you doing next? The new innovative Easter bunny?

There is another event that is happening every year during the summer. We have some exciting ideas and will work on that right after this Christmas season. Stay tuned by following us on Social Media to be the first to know! Thank you for the interview and have a wonderful Christmas time!


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NATALYA NOVA

The best ideas are the ones that you actually do Interview ■ Tom Felber Photos ■ Natalya Nova

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Natalya, you are a successful artist. Was art already your desire since ever? What were the steps of your art career?

I grew up in Orenburg, Russia in the 90s where technology was way behind and generated tremendous excitement. I remember holding my first camera at twelve years old and how magical it felt. I documented everything I saw and looking back at those videos it seems like time stood still. At the age of nineteen I moved to New York, no parents, just me and my adventurous mind. I didn’t know yet who I wanted to be but was eager in my search. At the age of 23 I graduated from ICP (International Center of Photography) in New York. I went to my favourite teacher with tears in my eyes saying, “I can’t believe it’s over.” He replied, “Darling, it’s only the beginning.”

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Today I want to be an artist who is true to herself. I work hard and I follow my passion to create. You are working as photographer and painter. How did it come that you choose these two?

I feel that my photography has always been a form of painting. I started actually painting a year ago after I wrote a story and was inspired to put it on a canvas. What inspires you for your art?

I’m inspired by anything that provokes an authentic emotion.


What does it mean to you living in New York? Which advantages and disadvantages living and working there do you see compared with other cities?

New York City has always been my dream city. Everything I do is refracted through the lens of being here. I don’t think I would have been the same artist or person if I had stayed living in Orenburg. I don’t see any disadvantages to living in New York. Its energy and diversity inspire me, but I realize it’s not for everyone. You have to be a warrior if you want to have a good life here. This city built my character and determination. I love Europe - France, Italy, but New York will always be my home.

Quite different are your latest pieces of art, the “Emoji Art”. What’s the story behind them?

My inspiration came from the book cover “The Hero With A Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell. It depicts the face of Jesus made with tiny portraits of people of different races and religions. The concept of images within an image fascinated me. It showed me the subtle yet deep underlying content of the book. I like the playfulness of the “Emoji” series, and I hope you will too.

You showed your “Self Portrait” photo series this year in Leica Gallery Soho. Tell us a bit more about this photo series.

Leica has been the camera of choice of so many great artists. I was fortunate to be offered a three month show this year. The show consisted of images shot with the Leica S medium format system. My “Self-Portraits” series is a projection of my dream self. What may seem abstract to the viewer is to me a language rooted in symbolism and allegory.

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