compositions of the universe

In her most recent project Els Botman engages herself in the question of how we can break through conventional forms of representation and deconstruct the known framework of presenting photography. The artist experiments with the habit of the human eye to bring everything into a certain order and a coherent structure. In doing so, she creates a new form of presenting photographic work. Once again there are references to an intense engagement in possibilities of making energy visible in images. This is shown in the creative act itself: working arduously, the artist in the last five years created 170 collages of cut-outs from photographic magazines which she then photographed and of which she edited selected details digitally afterwards. By assembling elements of the ripped photographic segments ina new order, Els Botman creates a new constellation of the original energy.

The images show endless lines of colour that can be associated with abstract landscapes passing the eye. Moreover, they refer to the brushwork of Abstract Expressionism and to the aesthetics of colour-field painting. The artist uses the contrast of brightness and darkness, of light and colour, to irritate the eye of the beholder. The first reaction of the human eye is to seek for a form in the sea of colours. The eye looks instinctively for something it can hold on, – for a point of orientation, – but to no avail. Again and again the viewers get lost in the flickering fields of colour and in the linear structures. They are embraced by the frequency, movement and temperature of the colour – the essence of the energy displayed.

Video installation Compositions of the Universe

The music of composer Peter Adriaansz (Wave 5) plays an important role in the video. Not coincidentally, both artists are driven by a similar motivation to question perception. The theme ‘Wave 5′ passes by the ear as an endless wave of frequences, in the same way that Els Botman’s images display the vibrations of the universum as an endless energy that is constantly in motion.
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