"The photographic gaze, digital scanning and computing are mediums which allow me to move away from human mind and introspectiveness. The term “auto-poetic” is of particular interest to me."
I feel that my photographic process has changed a lot over the last few years. My contemporary work is characterised by distortion, tags and printed matter. The physical photograph acts as a placeholder, a space to facilitate an idea. I have an archive of digital material on my computer which I am constantly analysing, seeking out new inspiration. I’m curious about how meanings are attached to images and why some visual forms provoke intervention or addition. Usually, I produce work on demand. If I am offered a space, then I might work according to its dimensions, querying which shapes and materials would be appropriate. For my current project, I’m combining text and performance. It is mainly based on my reading of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. I treat the written or typed word in the same manner as my photographs - constantly re-reading, taking screenshots, manipulating with digital drawings or notes.
My work is always evolving from one piece into another. Recurring themes or images surface continuously. In my current project I have collaborated with other artists, and this has brought forward new and unexpected horizons. My practice maps its own design, I like to think of it as something which an ongoing process in that regard. For a long time I was producing works to be shared online, mainly on tumblr. The stream would be constant; photographs from my own archive which were manipulated and transformed. I was looking for a method to incorporate them back into physical dimension, trying to find the right kind of interface. Utilising the vinyl sheet as a medium - a large, very tangible object - was a means to approach this disjunction between virtual and real worlds.
Lines, dirt, fragmented bodies, digital artefacts, found images, gradients, flux: these are the subjects that I am looking for, and which add distance. The photographic gaze, digital scanning and computing are mediums which allow me to move away from human mind and introspectiveness. The term “auto-poetic” is of particular interest to me. This is a kind of generated romanticism which has surfaced in the digital age. Although I have studied psychology, I am more drawn to theological questions, such as the relationship between souls and bodies, memories and things. Such existential thoughts shape our material experiences of life.