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concept

Architecture, nature and movement are the main themes in my artwork. I am striving to draw out and bring together the different elements – layers, repetitions and progressions, zooming into space to create depth and bring out individual themes. The medium of collage – through cut and paste – in conjunction with analogue photography, creates a new composed situation. I want to show a new point of view, not portray a digitally manipulated reality. By using collage you can feel the edges and see into the reflections. The observer can see where I have cut and pasted and can tell where I have combined new realities. Analogue photography is a challenge for me, because I don't manipulate the photos after developing. That particular day, that particular moment, that mood and that light will determine the image and through it the statement and message of the collage. Most motifs appear in a series of six, in different sizes and sometimes as an original. This is always a hand-made collage.

explanatory notes

As I have already explained in my statement, I deal with themes such as movement, structure, levels and layers in the natural world and in cities. I do this because nature and cities and their respective spiritual atmospheres are multi-layered – just like our own body, soul and spirit.

heavens

The theme of heaven, as described in the Old and New Testaments, fascinates me. In Hebrew, heaven is always expressed in the plural form, Heavens (שָׁמַ֫יִם = shamayim).
There are seven distinct names ascribed to the heavens in Hebrew writings: Dok, Rakia, Shechakim, Zevul, Machon and Aravot. These are listed in the glossary of "The One New Man Bible" by William J. Morford, which he wrote in close cooperation with Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, grandson of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, whose life's work made modern Hebrew the national language of Israel.

In the New Testament Paul mentions the third heaven: "I know a man who was in Messiah more than fourteen years ago, whether in the body I do not know, God knows, or outside the body I do not know, this one was taken away up to the third heaven."
2 Corinthians 12:2 (One New Man Bible)
In my photo-collage series Heavens, I show all kinds of moods, colours and cloud formations with the aim of giving a feeling, a possible condition or an insight into the various celestial levels. In Truth, however, heaven is a mystery.  We won't know what heaven really looks like unless we see it for ourselves!

berlin

In order to make the movie - BERLIN layers of movement - I had to find a way to show the places, the moments and especially my fascination with Berlin's traffic. Initially I chose photography as it allows me to capture fleeting moments sequences: different speeds of pedestrians, cyclists, boats, cars, trams, subways, trains and airplanes meet on different levels – in the water, on streets and paths, bridges and train tracks and in the air. I chose the medium of collage to depict the overlaps and crossing points. It's not always just a collage in its traditional sense of gluing some pictures on top of each other, but instead it's a chain of events taking place in sort of slow motion. It is like portraying a film in a single photo. The collages show short stories and/or excerpts from motion sequences.

Natascha Kuederli