The book’s motto ‘if it can be imagined, it exists’ is very apt, with each image revealing a different fantastical character, constructed through a bold mix of costume and prosthetics. The results are vibrant and visceral. While some characters are beautiful, others are terrifying, faces are often concealed, bodies modified and distorted. Perhaps surprisingly, very minimal retouching is used. Instead, each image is built up by hand, with each material and prop – be it paper, paint, hair, even plants – stretched to its full creative potential.
Hair features prominently and is often used as a raw material, teased and woven into elaborate shapes and props. The colour is always significant. As she explains, ‘different colours evoke different emotions in people’. This is indicative of her thoughtful and layered approach to image building. The viewer’s gaze is always considered: how does it make us feel? Do we feel enamoured, repulsed?
We spoke to Zybura about the role that hair plays in some of her favourite images.
Dream Sequence – Waterfall
This image is a part of a series that revolves around the concept of the beautiful and the sublime. The idea was to transform the human body into a big rock with a cascading waterfall, using the hair as its allegory. The water effect was achieved by using waxed hair pieces that ‘pour’ from the mouth and onto the upper body. The character was based on the Germanic water spirit; I used the colour red, based on the common belief of its protective power against evil influence.