Connie Liebschner
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My practice is inspired by the beautiful aesthetic of natural light dispersed throughout various rooms within a domestic setting. I was entranced by the gentle dance as it bathed each surface, immersing the entire body with the warmth of its glow. During these moments, feelings of nostalgia were evoked which, in turn, conjured distant memories. Subsequently, my interest of the visual elements developed into a deeper understanding of my personal, subconscious response to the light-space interplay. From this progression, I began to embark on an investigation: how could the essence of this solitary, reflective moment be captured?

Due to the ephemerality of the subject, the camera was employed as a fast paced, accurate medium, traditionally associated with its ability to factually document real life. However, as with post-modern theorists Roland Barthes and Walter Benjamin, I initially found this to be false. Within the context of the camera’s original use to copy visual aesthetic, I was dissatisfied by its inability to conjure the emotions harboured in real time. This was because elements of the subject’s contextual framework were absent within the photographs. However, when I began to edit, manipulate and layer the images I was able to depict the essence which had been lost within the preliminary, representative stages. I then began to further remove the representational quality from the rooms through the use of experimental screen print. I engaged my memories to inform the outcome and, from this, was able to introduce personal gesture within the constraints of the screens. The boundaries of the screens maintained the flow of ink, echoing the restrictions of the architectural interiors that the light attempts to flood.

The peaceful, fleeting moments which the works attempt to trace are solitary. By choosing to document them through photography and print, there is an implicit irony, turning private moments into collectively recognised experiences. Furthermore, the repetition within the two mediums has caused me to embrace the possibilities of collections and series, I have consequently found that a multiplicity of images and mediums generates a more truthful depiction of the transient relationship between time and space. This connection has been further enhanced by the blue haze chosen to mask the imagery.  Blue was selected due to its links with tranquility, reflection and most importantly stillness:

‘Stillness is not an alternative to activity nor is it an antidote to the speed of contemporary life, but is a deep form of attentiveness that opens new possibilities for understanding’

(Nicholson, 2015, p.428)

Connie Liebschner - Mass - Art 

Connie Liebschner - Mass - Art

2016
Digital Print Mounted on Curved Frame
9000mm x 1000mm

Connie Liebschner - Mass - Art

Connie Liebschner - Mass - Art

2016
Digital Print Mounted on Curved Frame
9000mm x 1000mm
(Detail)

Connie Liebschner - Mass - Art

Connie Liebschner - Mass - ArtNine C-Type Photographic Prints - 2016
228.6mm x 228.6mm