Mirrored Landscapes, Imprinted Memories

Photography, Installation

2017

 

Produced upon invitation by Vienna based 280A Artspace for the publication/group exhibition SQUARING THE CIRCLE PT.2: ‚LIQUID LANDSCAPES‘ at Ruby Marie Hotel Showroom, Kaiserstraße 2-4, Vienna (September 2017)

 

In early 19th century, the Claude Glass was a common tool among picturesque artists: A small, convex-shaped black mirror that could fit in the pocket and helped to frame the beauty of a scenery. Nowadays, our small black mirrors are our smartphones, on which the surrounding reflects itself. Taking these pictures was a step back in my past. To be seen on the photos is the hill behind my family‘s house where I used to spend a lot of time as a kid. Nowadays, I usually don‘t go there. I only look at it from the distance. Some paths we don‘t walk anymore.

I took the photos while they were reflecting on my smartphone screen. And so it became one with the traces I left on its surface – fingerprints, fat and dirt. The landscape of my childhood looks distorted and smudged. A bit unclear, out of focus. The way my memory changes my past.

 

I usually take pictures to remember. Later, I can look at them on my smartphone. Or share them on Instagram.

 

When I was a kid, I didn‘t have a smartphone to help me remember. No need to capture anything, no need to share. I was so immersed by this surrounding that I thought I remembered it clearly.

 

But then, we all leave our imprints on our memories.

And so the past changes.

 

 

Exhibition view Mirroring Landscapes Imprinted Memory by Michaela Putz for LIQUID LANDSCAPES by 280A Artspace
Mirroring Landscapes Imprinted Memory by Michaela Putz for LIQUID LANDSCAPES by 280A Artspace
Mirroring Landscapes Imprinted Memory by Michaela Putz for LIQUID LANDSCAPES by 280A Artspace
Mirroring Landscapes Imprinted Memory by Michaela Putz for LIQUID LANDSCAPES by 280A Artspace
Photography of the hill behind the house for LIQUID LANDSCAPES by 280A
Photographies of the hill behind the house
Photography by Michaela Putz for LIQUID LANDSCAPES by 280A Artspace
Publication LIQUID LANDSCAPES BY 280A ARTSPACE