Artist Blog

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New Horizon (A TRILOGY)

Apr 26, 2021 - Jessica Backhaus

“Once artists have successfully developed a personal style, some of them feel the urge after some time to explore a new means of expression, to break with their previous work in some way. This can be said of Jessica Backhaus, who in past years has continually captivated viewers with the ingenious inventions she displays in her artistic, narrative photographs, presented both as individual images and as series.

 

A distinctive feature of her work to date has been a fascinating interplay between the depiction of reality and enigmatic abstraction But with her new series, she has made a fresh start that is as surprising as it is consistent with what went before: For the first time, she refrains from using a camera, at least in part, and supplements her photographs with applications of other media on a neutral picture support to form collages.

 

Each image shows and represents nothing more than what we see in and on it. But that does not necessarily have to be as abstract as the images themselves. They appeal to both our cognitive and emotional understanding; in other words: to both our mind and our gut feelings. And yet, mere cool contemplation of what is shown doesn’t get us anywhere; we should instead try to feel these pictures. Jessica Backhaus here breaks away from the traditional modes of representation in photography, including those in her own previous work. Perhaps she even creates a new reality and, in passing, makes the invisible visible.”

 

– Matthias Harder