In Nebula photographs of clouds over south east London are transferred onto the wall and hang below lithographs of solid matt colours. The images reference Constable’s romantic cloud studies, while questioning what looking at the sky means in the 21st century: with airplanes that menace, and changing environments, the sky is a place of fear rather than contemplation. The colours appeal to a nostalgic longing for a time when the clouds meant sublime melancholy. The piece plays with ideas of permanence and impermanence, as the wall images deteriorate and change with the light, while the lithographs remain static. The lithographs represent the essence of the light reflected in each of the clouds.
My work is concerned with auratic translations, interpretation and fiction in our encounters with the landscape. I use photographic installations, projections and print editions to explore notions of the politics of place, resistance and ruin. I am interested in the spaces between what we know and what we think we know about the world, and have investigated these ideas in a series of installations and prints over the last few years.View all of victoriaahrens's posts.