Taking sculpturesParadoxically my studies of sculptures had a profound impact on my understanding of the medium of photography.While I used... Read More
Paradoxically my studies of sculptures had a profound impact on my understanding of the medium of photography.
While I used photography in the beginning for conventional means of documentation, I soon realized how much broader the field of opportunities for artistic expression at my disposal were.
The work is the result (or rather stocktaking) of this learning process. Point of departure were either sculptures that I created in order to be photographed, objects that I combined, staged and arranged or bodies I selected for reasons of their sculptural quality, such as shape and surface. The process of taking pictures soon became a separate process, which I term taking sculptures. It is characterized by the reduction to the two-dimensional form, choosing a specific portion of an image, the enlargement of certain details. I remove objects from their surroundings, detach them from “their” space and place them in a different context in order to leave them standing "for themselves", while striving to make material characteristics tangible for the viewer.
In my way of working, sculpture requires photography and vice versa. The focus is on the process of declaring a specific object to be a sculpture and (re) imagining / (re) creating it through photography. Whatever predominantly determines the artistic authorship; Decision and choice are paramount. Sculptography shows a sculpture as the result of a moment in which it was created.