ABOUT MY WORK

“Die hier ausgestellten Kunstwerke und künstlerischen Positionen tragen alle in der ein oder anderen Weise dem Prinzip der Einfachheit, der Selbstreduktion und Selbstbeschränkung Rechnung. Sie fordern das Sehen heraus, führen die Gedanken über Erinnerungsbrücken und assoziative Wege zu einem erweiterten Verständnis des nur rein Formalen, der materiellen Struktur. Die Arbeiten spielen mit den Möglichkeiten unseres Imaginationsvermögens. Sie bieten dem Auge wie dem Geist produktive Reibungsflächen, die zu immer neuen Wahrnehmungen der Arbeiten im Raum führen.”

Dr. Uwe Schramm, Kunsthaus Essen, 2017

Site specific installations, sculpture-objects & drawings / Lines, surfaces and spaces

Since 2016 I work primarily with objects-sculptures and installations. Like in my performative work, Walls, architecture details or landscapes are the background of my work. The visual lines, shapes, objects and physical appearance are creating the new composition. These abstract compositions open doors for our imagination and the empty spaces become alive.

Most of these projects are site-specific, ephemeral or interactive works, asking the visitor to become a part of the experience. The purpose of this research is to explore different opportunities and methods to create a composition with simple elements.

The objects or installations have a geometrical poesy in common. This work is inspired by the book „Lines_ A brief history“ by Tim Ingold.

„Lines, I insisted, are phenomena in themselves. They are really there, in us and aoround us. Indeed there is no escaping them, for in any attempt to flee we only lay another one. (…) Why should theory and methaphor be thought to be the only alternatives for the lines? Why cannot the line be just as real as whatever passes along it, if indeed the two can be distinguished at all? And if the idea that lines can be real is alien our sensibilities, then what was it that tipped me into this strange world of entanglement?(…)“ Tim Ingold

Installation-performances / body, space & time

My installations-performances focus both on the real and imaginary, visible and invisible space.

I am questioning our habitual perception of space through the creation of new spaces in places like galleries, studios, public or privacy spaces. These new spaces also emerge from a different perception of time and duration. Mostly of my installation-performances are developed over longer periods of time, including pauses and stillness by the performer.

For my work, the term „Installation“ means  the integration of an extern element in an existing space: A two or three dimensional experiment creating an interaction between the object and the elements around it. The term „Performance“ relates to an action in space and time structured by a score. The presence of the body in interaction with objects, matter, sound or space have the power to change our perception of time and space.

Walls, architecture details or landscapes are the background of my work. The performing body becomes part of a visual composition as both a graphical element and a living presence in space. The visual lines, shapes, objects and physical appearance are creating the new composition.

These abstract compositions open doors for our imagination and the empty spaces become alive.

These projects are structured in three parts, because the work process and the final result are equally important. The first part is the performance, a real time composition. The second part is the resulting installation in space. The third part ist the video and photo -documentation.

My work is nourished by different  theorists, philosopher and anthropologist, namely Miranda Tufnel, Chris Crickmay, Hubert Godard, Maurice Merleau Ponty, Gille Deleuze, Tim Ingold… Their texts on phenomenology of space, repetition, and lines are frequently setting the conceptual background for my projects.

Elma Riza, 2017