Work Process

Work Process

My work focuses on the omnipresent reception and consumption of images: What visual fragments are we confronted with in media and digital image worlds? - inspired by the picture atlas Mnemosyne by Aby Warburg. 

 

I am interested in specific visual images of bodies, gestures and objects, which appear across space and time. Collecting and documenting images serves as a starting point for this. However, my series does not consist of imitating image panels. My goal is to create a visual language with the help of the visually powerful worlds of art history, contemporary art and digital culture and to translate my own visual experience into an analogue texture. In doing so, traditional and archetypal representations as well as contemporary images of social media will be drawn upon and juxtaposed. My interest lies in finding cross-cultural symbols and images that exist in the collective subconscious and are perceived by all people. Discovering visual analogies is central to me when it comes to finding images for my work. I want to make these analogies directly recognizable with printing. The printing process is elementary for me, as it allows me to break up individual image fragments and experiment with new arrangements and overlaps. Accordingly, the works are not mere reproductions. Rather, they are unique pieces that are meant to visualize the subtle and implicit representation of repetitive pictorial moments. Technically, this is made possible by destroying printing plates, reprocessing them, and incorporating painterly moments by roughly wiping them with gauze. 

 

My formal approach to the printing process involves both controlled and thus conscious creation, and allowing pictorial events to occur during the printing process. I create the former by translating my visual investigations into color, line, and form. This results formally in the depiction of the representational and figurative as well as its dissolution and abstraction. On the one hand, images are created that create a dichotomy through the juxtaposition of monotonous color surfaces and graphic elements; on the other hand, these are interwoven with each other, so that they create a difficile image perception.