A new exhibition of work opening 10.11.18 at Galerie Monika Wertheimer www.galeriewertheimer.ch
‘We are surrounded and overwhelmed by the face that pleases or should please. In advertisements, magazines, TV, online and offline, the face is forever present. We live in a world of the selfie, the faces that please the taker of the image, defining what they believe they look like or should (or could) look like with the purpose of being ‘liked’.
In contrast, this new series, ‘forget not, recollect’ , presents a different take on the portrait. Models were placed for an extended period of time, 60-90 seconds, in front of their own image, a reflection in glass, which in turn alters the dynamic of the face that wants to be seen on the outside to a deeper more personal ‘inner’ portrait. It is these inner faces of the subjects that interest.
Through the procedure, the faces stop seeking to please the sitter (subject). Rather they become almost transparent, open, vulnerable, a window into a more personal world.
The experience in the time taken for the portrait is as if the poetical ‘I’ comes to the surface from behind the outer face. A lightened essence of the person and the ‘things’ that occupy within. It is as if we look into the portrait, the sitter, to where fear, pain, pleasure, love and loss, and memories dwell. The images ‘dig down’ below the surface to expose and lay open the ‘inner I’ with the intention of creating a moment to reflect, hence the title, ‘forget not, recollect’.
To emphasise the element of digging, barren and sparse lava landscapes were photographed using large format 13x18cm film, later printed using a heliogravure / copper plate printing technique to capture detail with natural materials and chemicals and finally printed on high quality paper. The landscapes, dry and solid, act as a metaphor for the visible ‘outer’ face, yet which in reality, cover vibrant and churning lava, a fundamental element of life, or in the case of these pictures, the ‘inner’ portrait. The portraits themselves are printed on glass, to heighten further the element of material but also to emphasise transparency and fragility’.