About the work
The images for this ongoing project called “Arbores” depict trees barren or in full bloom and were taken in a small nearby park in Dresden, Germany. My recent walking impairment and consequently restricted mobility associated with progressive Multiple Sclerosis have led to the creation of these imaginary layered landscapes as as an extension of my fondest wish to widen my sphere of activity and to discover newness in the familiar.
For my husband Jens
Perception and interpretation of one's reality differs immensely from one human to another. In the 1920s Hermann Rorschach developed the famous and yet controversial Rorschach or ink blot test which was designed as a personality test. The assumption was and is that inferences about a person's subconscious can be made by analyzing a person's response to ambiguous stimuli, e.g. irregular and symmetric mirrored ink blots.
I employed this technique of mirroring images of organic matter, making use of the pleasing properties that the resulting symmetry has to offer.
The viewer is invited to dream up and discover non-existing and equivocal organica.
Quality of Rest
In the absence of light, human use and interaction, I have been exploring urban landscapes at night for over 25 years.
As with our eye, which adjusts to lightlessness over time, I attempt through long time exposures to alter the darkness and it’s secrets which lay within.
Through the use of my camera I am able to see where the power of my own eyes in low light deserts me. Combining hunter and gatherer I walk and or drive through the late hours looking for asleep scenes and objects that patiently wait for the morning to offer their reuse.
Lying in your absence
For my father Hans Otte (1926-2007 )
In the process of assembling new worlds from my previous photographs, I discovered how my life had turned upside down after the death of father.
Unable to bear new fruit , I hid in the low light recycling and reprocessing that that had happened to me in an contemplative effort to look for comfort in photographic lies and eventually find a path back to my new reality.
We live life. We do what we do. Everyday.
While we do one task we contemplate the next, living in past and future. Judged and justified in our minds, we rely on others perceptions of our own self.
By watching our self in the mundane moments of life, a dislocation can take place in a split second, watching ourself do and be without verdict, but a simple kind awareness of our own presence .Oberserving our self ever changing and flowing within an impermanence, that we are an inevitably part of. This is the gift of the present.
None of the people depicted in these photographs are twins . The double exposures were done in camera.
Moments become memories. They get stored in the long-term memory.. When accessing these pasts they are tinted through our personal, emotional filters. These filters create Noise, bombarding, obscuring and opposing all objectivity, changing the way we view our past.
Leaving our perceptions fractured and fragmented into a cacophony of faded images we no longer grasp. By stripping away the first layers of obvious photographic recognition, these photos of the series "noise" allow me relive some of these veiled seconds which in turn expose my inability to find truth.