Divergent Dissonance, 2013, Image and Sound InstallationDivergent Dissonance, 2013, Image and Sound Installation
Dis(en)close, 2013, Image and Sound InstallationDis(en)close, 2013, Image and Sound Installation
Photomontage and sound installation which form part of a body of artworks in the exhibition (Dis)place.
In these photographic and sound art installations, I explored the ambiguous experience of traumatic memories through visual and musical labyrinths. The labyrinth can be experienced in two contrasting ways. In a literal sense, a labyrinth has two viewpoints according to the beholder’s perspective. A viewpoint from the inside which makes the labyrinth seem impenetrable. A viewpoint from outside which let the viewer experience the labyrinth as a complex and logical structure.
The ambiguous experience of traumatic memories can be connected to the labyrinth as contrasting experience. On one hand, traumatic memories are a delayed response to trauma which is only triggered in situations reminiscent to the original traumatic event. On the other hand, the recollection of trauma entails a being aware of the post-traumatic acting out in order to work through the difficult emotions.
The photomontages are based on recurrent dreams in which I move through buildings with constantly changing interiors, creating a labyrinth-like experience and evoking emotions such as perplexity, helplessness, and anxiety. Various compositional strategies are applied in both the photomontages and soundscapes to simulate the impenetrable experience of a labyrinth.
The blurred boundaries between past and present, inside and outside, is a characteristic of the symptomatic “acting out” of the post-traumatic experience. The reception of art representing trauma can result in an over-identification with the post-traumatic emotions expressed in the artwork. This over-identification can transfer the shock of trauma through the structure of representation. In order to prevent the over-identification or over-appropriation, the viewer must communicate from a critical distance. The labyrinth as metaphor is a central theme in the photomontages and sound installation. In these works an exploration of the inter-subjective process takes place and compositional strategies are used to create doubling ‘effects’. The aim of these artworks is to create a potential space for self-awareness and self-reflection in order to create distance and reflect critically on the problematic process of trauma.