definition: Any absence of sound, communication or hearing. Silence is also used as total communication, in reference to nonverbal communication.
Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each. Our thoughts are almost continuously restless. This is the nature of the thinking mind. It is seeking, restlessly, for relief from its self-created tensions, for the peace of the heart. Silence, within its unlimited reality, keeps an animated world of expressions and there are various types of silence. The silence that frightens, the silence that enters our experience, the silence that hides in the world, the silence concealed within one’s body, the silence that can be cultivated, desired or listened to – in philosophical terms – Silence as non-speaking (not speaking or saying in the conventional sense), pensive silence (sinking into silence, a pensive opting for silence), absolute silence (the absolute silence of infinite openness) – Silence as a state of being.
The following photographs are documentations of still life installations. I am working with raw meat and innards from animals, modified and alienated through colour pigment, sewing and additional elements e.g. pearls, stones, plants or different kinds of metal. The choice of materials is intuitive. It is a search for visual “words”, an attempt to create and observe situations that contain different qualities of “Silence”. An ongoing photo project. // All artworks form this series are 1/1 (+AP +EP)
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from the series “i saw the sun. she kissed the moon.”
found sense (fig.1, fig.2)
2010 photograph, dipych each 20x30cm
framed together, with passe-partout 60x80cm (total size)
a heart cut into two pieces. pearls sewn into each half.
to my own dirty nature (fig.1)
2011 photograph 50x75cm
a flower stalk with a blossom made out of small stripes of meat and a small copper spiral. a graphite drawing in the background.
infinitesimal parallelepiped (fig.1)
2010 photograph with digital post processing 30x45cm
installation with wool, meat and glass. floating pearls and the shadow of a key with the light of a prism digitally added.