1st Place winner
DESCRIPTIONThis image is part of my series Octopus garden:
I started this series based on my sorrow about the almost inevitable loss of the coral reefs. The notion of not being able to protect this amazingly rich underwater jungle nor to share that wonder of life with future generations breaks my heart.
Playing around with some flowers in an underwater setting, I realized how they turned into stunning beings. I started dreaming a life-sustaining future imagining that plants contribute to a new form of underwater life.
That’s how I turned my grief into this ongoing art project.
I am still full of awe about this unfamiliar yet impressive beauty.
This particular image reminds me of that multi-eyed character from greek mythology... Hence the title.
Especially intersting is the notion that this being's third eye is the dominant one. This inner eye refers to the gate that leads to the inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness, often symbolizes a state of enlightenment. For me, this points directly to humanity’s urgently needed shift in consciousness.
And that is what this artivism series aims to adress.
AUTHORI am a photo-based artist from Germany.
Inspired by the abundance of world’s rainforests and coral reefs, I aim to shine a light on the wonder of life, contemplating our relation to the world and hoping to foster a sense of humility and awe; aesthetic arrest. “I want to evoke a deep connection with nature and have a wish to protect and preserve it for future generations.“
Art is my way of detangling my thoughts, like Joseph Campbell once wrote. It is my living laboratory where I test all my ideas in a physical way.
I paint mostly with light.
I create photo based artworks in a wide range. From lens-based work to photograms, from digitally collaging to manufacturing cyanotypes.
I look for the exceptional in the ordinary and I try to make my subjective view of reality visible. I love to discover new techniques, to indulge in new ideas and to challenge myself with playful experiments.
I totally agree with Glenn Gloud:
"The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder."
I want to share joy and inspiration trying to create moments of nowness and oneness. Aestetic arrest.
And I believe deeply in the transformative power of art that touches the innermost of the beholder and reminds us of the infinity within us. I want to nourish that spiritual place inside the heart, evoking that deep connection with nature and the wish to protect and preserve it for future generations. I resonate deeply with Rachel Carson’s statement: Wonder and humility do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.
Born in 1974, I studied design had a career as an art director on a global scale for a number of years. Currently I reside with my husband and our 2 boys south of