M A G D A L E N E W A N D E R L U S T V I S U A L A R T I S T
Here’s Water and Also a Rock
‘Here’s water and also a rock’, focuses on the unconscious rather than the conscious; the hidden rather than the apparent.
This project research explores the subject of dreams in relation to water. Water is like a mirror. Yet, its reflection is never a simulacrum. Water creates its own unique eye-deceiving constellations of colour; illusions. Water is also a versatile element that is subject to constant change. It can be tangible or intangible; solid or fluid; visible or invisible. Its own state can be a visual deception.
In dreams the unconscious reflects our emotions, thoughts, and fears. Yet, these reflections are never exact replicas of our state of mind. They are simply momentary configurations of its fragments. Dreams can be vivid or faint; lucid or muddled; calming or unsettling. But they can never be whole. Remembering dreams in their entirety is an illusion. Inspiration derives from her own dream experiences, while water has played a significant role in the early stages of her childhood and also in her adult life.
Water is like a mirror. Yet, its reflection is never a simulacrum. Water creates its own unique eye-deceiving constellations of colour; illusions. Water is also a versatile element that is subject to constant change. It can be tangible or intangible; solid or fluid; visible or invisible. Its own state can be a visual deception.
Series of Polaroids inspired by dreams
Stages of Dreaming
"When you swim you feel you body for what it mostly is - water - and it begins to move with the water around it."
"When you enter the water something like metamorphosis happens. Leaving behind the land, you go through the looking - glass surface and enter a new world, in which survival, not ambition or desire is the dominant aim."
Roger Deakin Waterlog
In this project I wanted to advance dream development to a stage which is more connected to subjectivity and the subject of dreaming itself. I asked myself several times the same question: "What is happening when we dream about swimming, but we are in our bed?" We are totally immersed in the water, we feel it, our body is light and is floating on the water surface but all that is a projection in our head.
Stages of Dreaming I
Stages of Dreaming II
Stages of Dreaming III
Stages of Dreaming IV
Stages of Dreaming installation - exhibition look.
Stages of Dreaming installation - exhibition look.
Stages of Dreaming preparation of color prints that were originally printed on acetate and dipped in the water.
Stream of Gold
The main inspiration for my sense of visual perception for this series of images was the Surrealist Movement. Watching surrealist movies and other surrealist artist made me inspired for making this particular project. This photographic journey taught me through a deep spectrum of dark things which were mostly developed in the period of convulsive beauty, hallucinatory dreams and the process of psychoanalysis.
I used gold ink at the top of the image surface. This intervention provides an additional dimension and is a nod to the surface breakage as exemplified by surrealist artists. The medium of painting give me a freedom of expression that contests the photographic surface. Images feature a figure interacting with objects, often obscured by movement and long exposure. I am to place the viewer in the position of the observer of a theatrical event. The intervention on the surface of the picture allude to the dark recesses of the unconscious. The image is personal, intimate, magic and retrospective. It is stuck in time, at the era of the greater surreal nightmares and speaks of a hallucinatory experience present in the early 1900s
Stream of Gold I
Stream of Gold II
Stream of Gold III
Stream of Gold IV
Stream of Gold V
Stream of Gold VI
Stream of Gold VII
Stream of Gold VIII
Series of self portraits reflected in the water, inspiration by character of Ophelia.
Mirror Series I
Mirror Series II
Mirror Series III
U N H E I M L I C H / U N F A M I L I A R
These series were inspired by Freud's theory of Unheimlich called "Das Unheimliche" which translates to "The Uncanny". Freud explains that an uncanny effect is produced by effecting the distinction between imagination and reality. It is a mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar. The Uncanny is a psychological concept of describing something that is strangely familiar rather than just mysterious.
I captured female and male body in a particular way of not showing their faces. Revealing their vulnerability and duality of identity and presenting them without make-up or barely setting up the frame.
Series of triptychs inspired by poetry of Marcin Świetlicki.
Wet Plate Collodion - Hidden
This project is a series of wet plate collodion plates depicting figures in different states of revealing and hiding identity. Nudity in those images dissolves in the atmospheric visual style of wet plate collodion technique. The image is an attempt of creating the idea of masquerade of appearance as artifice, strikes at the very heart of the idea of identity inhabited as a nature of gender and body. These constructed images with masks picturized construction present obvious versus the hidden - unrevealed. Both body and face trouble any normative sense of gender while being at the same slightly sexual. The female subject interrogate herself as she attempts to define her relation to sexuality, nature and culture.
Portraiture made by various medium format cameras depicting the most significant features of my models.
T R A P P E D /screenshots from the video/
This installation of three videos explores the idea of feeling trapped in space. The state of being disconnected and dislocated from habitat. Homesickenss has always been a subject of my reflection and perceptual experience.
I collaborated with contemporary ballet dancers who were free to improvise. The dancers created expressive and uncomfortable movements without the fear of falling or failing.
This audio-visual work is a manifestation of being unable to evade confinement.